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The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time

Updated February 1, 2019 18.5k votes 2.9k voters 43.9k views71 items

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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 Nowitzki1
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    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is...  more

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    #42 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#67 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

  • Jason Kidd2
    892
    268

    Jason Kidd

    Point guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

    Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and...  more

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    #457 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#14 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Steve Nash3
    871
    310

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player...  more

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    #396 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#47 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Jason Terry4
    682
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    Jason Terry

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number4

    Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who...  more

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    #68 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#68 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • Michael Finley5
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    Michael Finley

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age46

    BirthplaceMelrose Park, USA, Illinois

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #96 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money#1 of 51 The Best Wisconsin Basketball Players Ever

  • Mark Aguirre6
    452
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    Mark Aguirre

    Small forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

    Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the...  more

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    #33 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#12 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • Rolando Blackman7
    467
    175

    Rolando Blackman

    Shooting guard

    Age60

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

    Rolando Antonio Blackman (born February 26, 1959) is a retired Panamanian-born American...  more
  • Derek Harper8
    344
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    Derek Harper

    Point guard

    Age59

    BirthplaceRoyston, Georgia, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

    Derek Ricardo Harper (born October 13, 1961) is a retired American professional basketball...  more

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    #15 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards#27 of 90 The Best New York Knicks of All Time

  • Luka Dončić9
    629
    26

    Luka Dončić

    Guard, Small forward

    Number11

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #76 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#23 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • Shawn Marion10
    395
    173

    Shawn Marion

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois, United States of America

    Number0

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Miami Heat

    Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #21 of 29 The Best NCAA Small Forwards of the 90s#76 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • Tyson Chandler11
    403
    199

    Age37

    BirthplaceHanford, California

    Number6

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #57 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#72 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • J. J. Barea12
    296
    117

    J. J. Barea

    Point guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceMayagüez, Puerto Rico

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    José Juan "J. J." Barea Mora (born June 26, 1984) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball...  more
  • Jamal Mashburn13
    265
    118

    Jamal Mashburn

    Small forward

    Age47

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

    Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player....  more
  • Josh Howard14
    198
    72

    Josh Howard

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player...  more
  • Jerry Stackhouse15
    210
    99

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age45

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number42

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

    Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired...  more

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    #22 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#9 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

  • Sam Perkins16
    178
    92

    Sam Perkins

    Power forward, Center

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

    Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player and...  more

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    #16 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s#30 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s

  • Vince Carter17
    398
    258

    Vince Carter

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #140 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#11 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Devin Harris18
    178
    75

    Devin Harris

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Devin Lamar Harris (born February 27, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who...  more
  • Kristaps Porzingis19
    114
    8

    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #33 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#5 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • Harrison Barnes20
    167
    75

    Harrison Barnes

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age28

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa

    Number40

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Monta Ellis21
    208
    150

    Monta Ellis

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Monta Ellis ( MON-tay; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Jim Jackson22
    145
    99

    Jim Jackson

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

    James Jackson (born October 14, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player....  more

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    #3 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time#28 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Peja Stojaković23
    147
    84

    Peja Stojaković

    Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

    Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ...  more

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    #11 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#53 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Wesley Matthews24
    107
    51

    Wesley Matthews

    Shooting guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Number23

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Wesley Joel Matthews Jr. (born October 14, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #125 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#21 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

  • Brad Davis25
    119
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    Brad Davis

    Point guard

    Age64

    BirthplaceMonaca, Pennsylvania

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    Bradley Ernest Davis (born December 17, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball...  more