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The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time 

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List Rules Please vote on the players based only on their time with the Mavericks

A list of the best Dallas Mavericks of all time. Until Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000, the Dallas Mavericks didn't have much playoff success outside of a few seasons in the mid-to-late 1980s. The foundation of those early Mavs teams featured some of the best players in its history like Rolando Blackman, Mark Aguirre, and Jay Vincent. Once Derek Harper was brought in as the team's point guard, it seemed like the recipe for future success was in place. However, the Mavs couldn't put it all together. Dallas had some of the brightest talent in the league, but couldn't surpass its powerful Western Conference rivals like the Lakers.

By the time Cuban bought the team, several of the franchise's best players were on the roster. Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and MIchael Finley were already some of the NBA's brightest young players before Cuban arrived. During the early 2000s, these three players became the best in the league and are considered some of the greatest in basketball history. By the 2005-2006 season, the Mavericks were a Western Conference power and made its first NBA Finals appearance that season. Over the next few years, the Mavs stocked up on great players, like Jason Terry, in order to chase an elusive NBA title. Finally in 2011, behind Nowitzki, widely considered the best Maverick ever, the team won its first NBA championship, getting revenge on the Miami Heat, which had defeated them in 2006. 

This is a list of the best Dallas Mavericks of all time. If you notice someone missing, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Mavs players of all time to who you think should be considered the best ever. 

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Power forward from Würzburg, Germany

Age: 41

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK ...more

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Point guard from California, United States of America

Age: 46

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball ...more

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 45

Number: 10

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Seattle, Washington

Age: 42

Number: 4

Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays at both ...more

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Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Melrose Park, USA, Illinois

Age: 46

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player and current film producer and also Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas ...more

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Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 60

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the National Basketball Association. Aguirre was chosen as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA draft ...more

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Rolando Blackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Shooting guard from Panama City, Panama

Age: 60

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

Rolando Antonio Blackman (born February 26, 1959) is a retired Panamanian-born American professional basketball player. He was a four-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Dallas ...more
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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Center from Hanford, California

Age: 37

Number: 6

Teams: Houston Rockets

Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the ...more

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Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
idawg387 added Small forward and Power forward from Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 41

Number: 0

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Marion finished his career as a ...more

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Derek Harper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Point guard from Royston, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

Derek Ricardo Harper (born October 13, 1961) is a retired American professional basketball player. A Second-Team All-American at the University of Illinois, he was the 11th overall pick of the ...more
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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
tom-charbono added Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 25

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Lakerfan20 added Guard and Small forward from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Number: 11

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more

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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 47

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player. Nicknamed the "Monster Mash," Mashburn was a prolific scorer as a small forward in his 12 ...more

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José Juan Barea ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
fallocca26 added Point guard from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Age: 35

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

José Juan "J. J." Barea Mora (born June 26, 1984) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more

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Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 42

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired professional basketball player. He is currently the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores, and he ...more

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Josh Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Age: 39

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently the head coach of Piedmont International University. He played college basketball ...more

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Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Power forward and Center from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player and executive. Perkins was a three-time college All-American, was a member of the 1982 national champion ...more

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Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 11

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Monta Ellis ( MON-tay; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He attended Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a ...more

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Jim Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard from Toledo, Ohio

Age: 49

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, + more

James Jackson (born October 14, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player. Over his 14 NBA seasons, Jackson was on the active roster of 12 different teams, tying the league ...more
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Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 36

Number: 34

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Devin Lamar Harris (born February 27, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harris attended ...more

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Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Ames, Iowa, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 40

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
mandyclark25 added Small forward from Požega, Croatia

Age: 42

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ ˈstôjaːkoʋit͜ɕ]; born June 9, 1977), also known by his nickname Peja (pronounced [ˈpêd͡ʑa]), is ...more

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Shawn Bradley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
wiabux added Center from Landstuhl, Germany

Age: 47

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

Shawn Paul Bradley (born March 22, 1972) is a German-American former basketball player who played center for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, and Dallas Mavericks of the National ...more

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Brad Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time

Age: 64

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

Bradley Ernest Davis (born December 17, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent the bulk of his National Basketball Association career with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Wesley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time
zepolian1 added Shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas

Age: 33

Number: 23

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Wesley Joel Matthews Jr. (born October 14, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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