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Does Vince Carter deserve Sixth Man of Year consideration?


Vince Carter has earned eight All-Star appearances, the Rookie of the Year award and an Olympic gold medal during a career that has made a strong case for the Hall of Fame.

Carter’s boss would like to nominate him for another honor.

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CarterAP Photo/Duane BurlesonVince Carter’s complete all-around game probably won’t net much love from voters for the Sixth Man of the Year, but he’s getting plenty from Mark Cuban. “He’s basically been our best player.”“If we had a better record, he’d be a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, if not the leading candidate,” Mark Cuban said recently. “He’s basically been our best player.”

This is the first time in Carter’s 15-year career that he’s been featured in a reserve role, although he came off the bench occasionally last season. Carter has embraced being a sixth man, a role that makes it easier for coach Rick Carlisle to manage the 36-year-old’s minutes but puts Carter in position to make a major impact.

“I told coach from the beginning of the year that I was willing to do whatever and take on any role,” said Carter, who knew the Mavs would need scoring off the bench when former Sixth Man of the Year Jason Terry left for Boston. “Obviously, I’m definitely comfortable in this role. It’s a comfortable role because it’s who I am. I like to make plays and put the ball in the basket and find open guys.”

Carter, who has moved past Hal Greer, Larry Bird and Gary Payton this season to climb to 28th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, can still fill it up. He’s averaging 13.1 points in 25.3 minutes per game. The Mavs are 7-2 when Carter scores at least 20 points, including his 22-point outing in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Carter is also arguably the most complete player among the Sixth Man of the Year candidates. He’s a smart, unselfish facilitator (2.1 assists per game), solid rebounder (4.0 per game) and an extremely underrated defender. (The Mavs allow 7.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with Carter on the floor than when he sits, according to

The Mavs’ 29-33 record isn’t a reflection of Carter’s performance. In fact, his plus-minus of plus-151 ranks as the best on the team by 100 points.

Alas, there are too many quality sixth men from contenders for Carter to get serious consideration for the award. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, who leads bench players with 17.2 points per game, is considered the favorite in a field that also features the Knicks’ J.R. Smith, Thunder’s Kevin Martin, Warriors’ Jarrett Jack, Jazz’s Gordon Hayward and Spurs’ Manu Ginobili. Add the Hornets’ Ryan Anderson if you want to include a sixth man putting up stellar numbers on a losing squad.

Carter will be an afterthought in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. However, his professionalism and production are greatly appreciated by the Mavs, beginning with the man who signs the checks.

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Sources: Mavs to sign PG Chris Wright

The Dallas Mavericks will fill their freshly-vacated 15th roster spot by calling up Iowa Energy point guard Chris Wright from the D-League, according to sources familiar with the decision.

Sources said Wright will receive a 10-day contract before Tuesday’s game at Milwaukee to fill the opening created by Saturday’s release of 2011 championship alumnus Dominique Jones.

Wright was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and then starred at Georgetown before going unselected in the 2011 NBA draft. He went to training camp with the New Orleans Hornets in October and then joined the Energy after failing to stick.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pounder averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per game for Iowa, earning a spot in last month’s D-League All-Star game in Houston.

In March 2012, Wright was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but he has continued to play in the wake of the M.S. findings and was widely considered overdue for an NBA callup based on his development at the point.

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3-pointer: Mavs three games out of playoff picture

At first glance, the math doesn’t look too daunting. After winning four of the last five games, the Dallas Mavericks are only three games out of eighth place in the Western Conference.

They’ve given themselves a slim chance at extending the franchise’s playoff streak to 13 years. They’ve at least earned the opportunity to make the last quarter of the season meaningful.

“We’ve got 20 games left and we’re going to let it all hang out there,” Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after Sunday’s rout of a depleted Minnesota squad. “Now, the games are going to get tough.”

Beginning with Tuesday’s road game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Mavs will face teams in the playoff picture in 14 of their final 20 games. After leaving Milwaukee and getting a day off, the Mavs go into a stretch of four games in five days that includes matchups against the West’s two best teams – the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

As Nowitzki noted, for the Mavs to have any hope, they need everyone in the rotation to be “firing on all cylinders.”

As of now, the Mavs have pulled even with the Portland Trail Blazers in 10th place. The free-falling Utah Jazz are a spot ahead of them.

The question is whether the Mavs can catch any of the last three teams holding on to playoff bids.

It’s hard to see that happening with the star-loaded Los Angeles Lakers, who moved into the eighth seed Sunday. L.A. is 13-4 since the beginning of February and is three games up on the Mavs.

The seventh-seeded Rockets have a four-game cushion on Dallas. The Mavs own the tiebreaker over Houston, but the Rockets have a favorable schedule down the stretch, playing 12 of their remaining 18 games at home.

The sixth-seeded Warriors might be the team most likely to fall out of the West playoff picture despite being five games up on the Mavs. Golden State has lost 12 of its last 17 games but owns the tie-breaker over the Mavs.

“We’re definitely watching the standings,” Mavs big man Elton Brand told reporters. “We want to get in the playoffs. That’s our goal. That’s the real season. We’re trying hard to get back in there. We’re not going to quit.”

A few more notes from the Mavs’ blowout of the Timberwolves:

1. Wright on: Brandan Wright, who has floated in and out of Rick Carlisle’s rotation this season, has made a major impact during the Mavs’ three-game winning streak.

Wright, the lanky, high-leaping center/forward, has averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and shot an eye-popping 79.2 percent from the floor over the last three games.

As well as Wright is playing, his minutes might dip when Shawn Marion returns, which the Mavs hope will happen Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Wright has been getting minutes as a backup power forward, a role Marion usually fills.

2. Bench boost: Give Darren Collison credit for being professional and productive after losing his starting job yet again.

That doesn’t mean he’ll earn back the starting gig at point guard. Carlisle strongly indicated that he believes the reserve role is the right fit for Collison, who has come off the bench for each game of the Mavs’ winning streak.

“I think he’s a great off-the-bench guy in this league,” Carlisle told reporters. “Off the bench, I think he’s a special player.”

Collison has had the Mavs’ best plus-minus in both games of this road trip. He was plus-27 during his nine-point, eight-assist outing in Minnesota and plus-21 during his 11-point, eight-assist performance in Detroit.

3. O.J. OK?: The only player on the roster who has played every game this season suffered a scare when O.J. Mayo turned his right ankle after coming down on a defender’s foot in the second half.

Mayo left the game, but he soon returned and showed no ill effects while finishing off an eight-point, eight-rebound, seven-assist night. Mayo will get treatment and is expected to be in the starting lineup again Tuesday night.

“He’s pretty tough,” Carlisle said of Mayo, who has missed only one game due to injury or illness during his five-year career.

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Rapid Reaction: Mavs 100, Wolves 77


How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks came out smoking in the second quarter and used their depth to cruise to a win over a tired Minnesota Timberwolves team playing the dreaded Daylight Savings back-to-back.

Dallas scored the first 14 points of the second quarter and led by double digits for the rest of the game.

The Mavs’ bench, the third-highest scoring reserve unit in the league this season, accounted for 58 points, 34 rebounds and 14 assists. All four reserves who played significant minutes made major contributions.

Sixth man Vince Carter lifted the Mavs after a sluggish start, scoring 15 of his 22 points in the first half. Carter, who also had nine rebounds, hit his first four shots from the floor and finished 8-of-15, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

Undersized big man Elton Brand put up his eighth double-double of the year, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Brandan Wright, the high-flying power forward/center whose role has increased recently, scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game. He had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

Recently demoted point guard Darren Collison added nine points and eight assists.

Minnesota’s 77 points matched a season low for a Mavs foe. The Timberwolves shot just 36.4 percent from the floor, including 2-of-18 from 3-point range.

What it means: The Mavs took care of business against bad teams on the first half of their four-game road trip, beating the Pistons and Timberwolves. The schedule gets significantly tougher the rest of the way. Beginning with Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee, 14 of the Mavs’ final 20 foes are currently in the playoff picture. The Mavs (29-33) are three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers, who moved into eighth place in the West with a win Sunday afternoon.

Play of the game: It had no impact on the outcome of the game, but Dirk Nowitzki’s head-scratching travel in the third quarter will surely be talked about by fun-poking teammates. Nowitzki was wide open when he caught the ball near the baseline, went up for a midrange jumper, saw Chris Kaman cutting to the basket and got caught in between thoughts. After landing with the ball in his hands, Nowitzki gave it a soccer-style header.

Stat of the night: The Mavs are 7-2 when Carter scores at least 20 points this season and 10-3 when he puts up 20-plus over the past two seasons.

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Shawn Marion (calf) inactive vs. Pistons

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Mavericks forward Shawn Marion is inactive for Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons due to a left calf contusion.

Marion got kicked in the calf during Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Rockets, when he scored a team-high-tying 22 points and was the primary defender on James Harden, who missed two contested, potentially tying shots in the final minute.

This is the eighth game that the 34-year-old Marion has missed this season. Marion, who is averaging 11.7 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game, missed five games in November with a sprained MCL in his left knee and two games in December due to a groin strain.

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Mavs waive 2010 first-round pick Jones

First-rounder Dominique Jones has been waived, the Dallas Mavericks announced Saturday afternoon.

Jones, a combo guard selected with the 25th pick in the 2010 draft, never made a significant impact for the Mavs. He averaged 3.1 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 80 games, including four starts.

Sources told’s Marc Stein that patience with Jones had been dwindling for some time. When the Mavs wanted to send Jones back to the D-League for another assignment with the Texas Legends in Frisco, sources said that Jones balked, prompting the team to let him go Saturday.

The reality is that Jones likely would have been the player cut by Dallas had it made a trade before the Feb. 21 trade deadline that required opening up a roster spot.

In October, the Mavs opted not to pick up the team option for next season in Jones’ rookie contract, making it clear that he didn’t fit in the franchise’s future plans.

Before being released, Jones was one of only four players remaining on the Mavs’ roster from the 2010-11 title team. Like Rodrigue Beaubois, Jones didn’t play a second in that postseason, but he did commemorate the championship by getting a large tattoo of the Larry O’Brien Trophy on his neck.

The Mavs’ roster stands at 14 players after Jones’ release.

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