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Should the Mavericks draft Brittney Griner?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently said that he would consider selecting Brittney Griner in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Could Griner play in the NBA? Would it be wise for the Mavericks to use a second-round pick on the Baylor women’s basketball superstar?

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Mavericks don’t draft well

Since Cuban became majority owner of the Mavericks in 2000, their 22 draft picks have combined to make just one All-Star appearance — Josh Howard, a first-round selection in 2003 who played in the NBA ASG in 2007.

In fact, Howard’s visit is the only All-Star appearance by any of the Mavericks’ 35 draft picks since 1995.

Since 1995, the Mavericks are the only NBA franchise whose second-round draft picks have fewer than two combined career All-Star appearances (other than the Bobcats, whose first season was 2004).

Let’s take a look at the Mavericks’ second-round picks in the Cuban era:

  • Darius Johnson-Odom (2012): Four career games, zero career points
  • Targuy Ngombo (2011): Never played in NBA
  • Solomon Alabi (2010): 26 career games, 39 career points
  • Ahmad Nivins (2009): Never played in NBA
  • Shan Foster (2008): Never played in NBA
  • Milovan Rakovic (2007): Never played in NBA
  • Renaldas Seibutis (2007): Never played in NBA
  • Nick Fazekas (2007): 26 career games, 107 career points
  • J.R. Pinnock (2006): Never played in NBA
  • Vassilis Spanoulis (2004): 31 career games, 85 career points
  • Xue Yuyang (2003): Never played in NBA
  • Mladen Sekularac (2002): Never played in NBA
  • Kyle Hill (2001): Never played in NBA
  • Kenny Satterfield (2001): 75 career games, 321 career points
  • Dan Langhi (2000): 133 career games, 393 career points
  • Pete Mickael (2000): Never played in NBA

    Since 2000, the Mavericks’ 16 second-round picks have a combined 295 career games and 945 career points.

    These second-round picks were technically selected by other teams, but acquired by the Mavericks in draft-day deals:

  • Jae Crowder (2012): 70 games and scored 378 points
  • Bernard James (2012): 43 games and scored 129 points
  • Eduardo Najera (2000): 3,052 points in 619 career games

    The success rate for second-round picks isn’t very high league-wide. From 2000 to 2011, only 30 percent (108 of 356) of second-round picks have played at least 100 career games in the NBA.

    Griner dominated college game

    Griner has 18 career dunks, more than every other woman combined in Division I history. Griner dunked three times in one game, while Candace Parker is the only other woman to dunk more than three times in her entire college career.

  • Griner is the most efficient player in women’s college basketball. She led the country in points per post-up play and points per play overall this season.

  • Of course, men’s college basketball is a completely different game than Griner’s competition. But for what it’s worth, nobody in men’s college basketball averaged as many points per play (1.14) as Griner averaged on post-ups this season (minimum 150 plays).

  • Griner held opponents to 0.56 points per play and 23 percent shooting as an on-ball defender this season, both of which led the country (minimum 275 plays).

  • If Griner posted those same numbers in men’s college basketball, she would’ve led the country in points per post-up plays, points per play allowed and opponent field-goal percentage.

    Wouldn’t be the first woman to be drafted

  • If Griner were to be selected, she wouldn’t be the first woman ever chosen in the NBA Draft. In 1969, Denise Long was selected in the 13th round by the San Francisco Warriors. Long was a high school player who averaged 62.8 points per game during her senior year. However, the NBA later voided the selection because they felt it was a publicity stunt.

  • In 1977, Lusia Harris was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans Jazz. The Delta State star officially became the only woman ever picked in the NBA Draft, although she never actually played in an NBA game.
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    Elton Brand (calf) out vs. Nuggets

    DENVER – Elton Brand will be sidelined by a sore right calf for at least one game.

    The calf has been bothering Brand since the first quarter of last week’s loss to the Indiana Pacers.

    “It’s not progressing like we expected it to,” Brand said. “It’s not getting better. I’m in no way trying to shut it down. I’m definitely trying to get back out there as soon as we can, so we’ll see. It’s like a game-to-game situation.”

    Playing in pain, Brand performed poorly the last two games, recording totals of two points and four rebounds against the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, with the Mavs being outscored by 36 points in his 29 minutes. As coach Rick Carlisle said, it has been “obvious” that Brand wasn’t himself.

    “You just want to be out there for the guys,” said Brand, who is averaging 7.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21.6 minutes. “It’s definitely painful, but a lot of guys are trying to play through ailments. Dirk (Nowitzki) has, I’m sure, 50 of them. O.J. (Mayo) is playing with his shoulder.

    “We’re trying to get to .500, get to the playoffs. Against Dwight Howard and guys like that, I had to go. I had to try to go.”

    The decision to sit Brand against the Nuggets was made after the calf started bothering him while he was trying to sleep.

    Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4695491/elton-brand-calf-out-vs-nuggets

    Rapid Reaction: Nuggets 95, Mavericks 94


    How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks’ bid to snap the Denver Nuggets’ long home winning streak flopped in the final seconds.

    Denver’s Andre Iguodala drove for the game-winning layup with 2.8 seconds remaining. Dallas’ Anthony Morrow, a rarely used reserve, had his 3-pointer at the buzzer blocked by Corey Brewer.

    Brewer, whom the Mavs dealt to Denver along with Rudy Fernandez in a salary-dump deal before last season, came up big against his former team. Brewer scored 23 points off the bench, stepping up his offensive game after small forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a potentially serious knee injury in the second quarter, and made three clutch plays in the final minute.

    First, Brewer came up with a steal on a Dirk Nowitzki spin move when the Mavs had a one-point lead. Brewer’s offensive rebound on the ensuing possession made Iguodala’s game winner possible. And Brewer sealed the Nuggets’ 19th straight home win with the block.

    The Nuggets held Nowitzki to 13 points, none of which came in the fourth quarter. Center Brandan Wright led the Mavs with 16 points, but he was shut out in the second half.

    The Nuggets played without point guard Ty Lawson, their leading scorer, but Andre Miller filled the void with 22 points and seven assists. Denver power forward Kenneth Faried added 12 points and 19 rebounds.

    Iguodala had only eight points on 3-of-13 shooting, but he hit a big 3 with 4:40 remaining and the game-winning bucket.

    The Mavs failed to score after Vince Carter’s jumper with 2:05 remaining.

    What it means: The Mavs’ slim playoff hopes took another hit. Dallas dropped to 36-39 after its second consecutive loss to begin this four-game road trip, falling three games behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers, who own the tie-breaker. The Nuggets (52-24) held on to third place in the West standings.

    Play of the game: Iguodala slashed through the middle of the Dallas defense, beating Vince Carter with a crossover move and finishing with a left-handed layup with 2.8 seconds remaining for the game-winning bucket.

    Stat of the night: The Mavs are 2-14 on the road against the teams above them in the West standings.

    Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4695497/rapid-reaction-nuggets-95-mavericks-94

    Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 117, Kings 108


    The Dallas Mavericks completed their season sweep with another spectacular offensive outing against the Sacramento Kings.

    Shawn Marion (25 points, 12 rebounds) led five Mavs who scored in double figures against the Kings, who allowed four of Dallas’ top five scoring totals this season. Brandan Wright added 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting off the bench.

    The Mavs shot 51.1 percent from the floor and had 30 assists with only nine turnovers. Dallas seized the lead for good while putting up 41 points in the second quarter, the Mavs’ second highest-scoring quarter of the season.

    The Kings, who got big nights from guards Tyreke Evans (26 points, nine rebounds, six assists) and Isaiah Thomas (29 points), trimmed Dallas’ lead to four with a run early in the fourth quarter. The Mavs responded with a 9-0 run in which guards Darren Collison (18 points, eight assists) and O.J. Mayo (13 points, six assists) accounted for every point.

    Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, a talented but troubled young center whom the Mavs have interest in acquiring, played only nine minutes due to a recent dispute with Kings coach Keith Smart.

    What it means: The Mavs made sure this wouldn’t be a winless road trip, snapping a two-game losing streak. Dallas improved to 37-39, keeping them three games behind the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, pending the outcome of L.A.’s late game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Play of the game: Collison penetrated, drew three defenders and kicked the ball out to Dirk Nowitzki near the top of the 3-point arc with the clocking ticking down at the end of the first half. Nowitzki drilled the buzzer-beating 3 to stretch the Mavs’ lead to six at the break.

    Stat of the game: His second assist of the game gave Vince Carter 4,000 for his career. That made him the 15th player in NBA history with at least 22,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. The other members of that exclusive club: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Alex English, Kevin Garnett, Jerry West, Paul Pierce, Charles Barkley, Ray Allen and Clyde Drexler.

    Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4695514/rapid-reaction-mavericks-117-kings-108

    3-pointer: Dirk shut out in fourth quarter

    DENVER – What happened to one of the great closers in NBA history during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s down-to-the-wire loss?

    Dirk Nowitzki essentially disappeared on the offensive end in the final dozen minutes.

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    Nowitzki didn’t score a single point in the final frame of the 95-94 loss to the Nuggets. He attempted only two shots in the quarter. His biggest impact play was a turnover with 19.9 seconds left.

    What did the Nuggets do to shut down Dirk?

    “Just front me in the post,” said Nowitzki, who finished the game with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. “I did have one catch down there and shot a fadeaway. I should have made a stronger move than that. Other than that, just front me, backside help. That was really about it.”

    Not coincidentally, the Mavs’ offense was miserable in the fourth quarter, scoring only 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting.

    Nowitzki got one really good look … and somehow airballed a straightway 3 with 10:33 remaining. He didn’t get another shot until his failed fadeaway with 46.8 seconds to go.

    Coach Rick Carlisle tried to give Dirk a chance to deliver the dagger, but that turned into disaster. With the Mavs clinging to a one-point lead, Dallas ran an isolation play for Nowitzki near the top of the key, but ex-Mav Corey Brewer swiped the ball when Nowitzki made a spin move.

    “I thought actually I could quick dribble it and spin before Brewer gets the ball,” Nowitzki said. “I saw him right there, but as soon as I put it down, he’s so quick. That’s what he does. He dove in there and got his hands on it. At that point, probably the wrong move. It was so clogged, the only thing I had was just the spot-up shot. I probably should have just shot over him.”

    It was clogged because the Mavs had poor spacing on the play. Instead of overloading one side to give Dirk room to work, the Mavs had two players on each side of the court.

    “That’s on me,” Carlisle said. “It’s a case of, yeah, we always want to get him the ball when we can. When we can’t, he affects the game in a way that helps other guys get shots. That’s when we need other guys to step up.”

    Nowitzki was not involved in the play when the Mavs had a chance to win the game on the final possession, standing on the opposite side of the court while Anthony Morrow’s desperation 3-pointer got blocked.

    A few more notes from yet another frustrating Mavs loss:

    1. Final failure: With 2.8 seconds remaining and the Mavs trailing by one, Carlisle didn’t want rarely used reserve Anthony Morrow shooting a contested 3-pointer off the dribble. That’s what happened, with Brewer blocking Morrow’s shot.

    What did Carlisle want in that situation?

    “Not what happened,” Carlisle said. “Again, I’m responsible for that. That’s as far as I’m going to go with it.”

    Nowitzki, who had a nice view from the opposite side of the court, shed some light on what was supposed to happen.

    “The play was for Vince (Carter) coming off and curling to the corner, but Andre Miller was right there and took that away,” Nowitzki said. “(Morrow) ran a circle and came back up, wasn’t really free but tried to make the best out of it and got a shot up and got it blocked.”

    2. Brewer’s big game: Brewer, whom the Mavs traded to Denver along with Rudy Fernandez for a 2016 second-round pick in a salary-dump deal before last season, torched his former team.

    Brewer scored 23 points in 35 minutes off the bench, stepping up after small forward Danilo Gallinari suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the second quarter.

    Brewer also made three critical plays in the final 19.9 seconds: stealing the ball from Nowitzki, grabbing the offensive rebound to make Andre Iguodala’s game-winning drive possible and blocking Morrow’s shot.

    “He’s a good player,” Nowitzki said. “You’ve got to give him credit. He played well.”

    3. Foul night for Mayo: It’s never good to finish with more fouls than points. That was the case for O.J. Mayo, who matched a season low with four points and fouled out for only the fifth time in his career.

    Mayo picked up his fourth foul 58 seconds after halftime and sat out the rest of the third quarter. He was whistled for his fifth foul 54 seconds into the fourth quarter and fouled out on an and-1 pull-up jumper by Andre Miller with 1:48 remaining.

    “You’re going to have nights like that,” Mayo said. “You try to play hard even though you have some fouls, try to stay aggressive, but the whistles didn’t go my way tonight.”

    Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4695509/3-pointer-dirk-shut-out-in-fourth-quarter

    Mavs find a way to lose again

    DENVER — The miserable feeling the Dallas Mavericks had in the mile-high altitude is far too familiar.

    Add this to the long list of games the Mavs figured out how to lose.

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    In this instance, the Mavs put themselves into position to pull off a huge upset only to fail to finish the job. The Denver Nuggets led for a grand total of 2.8 seconds in the second half Thursday night and walked out of the Pepsi Center with their 19th consecutive home win.

    After leading by as many as eight points early in the fourth quarter, the Mavs were clinging to a one-point lead in the final minute. At that point, the Mavs had a well-rounded meltdown.

    Poor offensive execution? Check. Poor spacing helped cause a Dirk Nowitzki turnover with 19.9 seconds remaining, and rarely used reserve Anthony Morrow, of all people, ended up jacking up a wanna-be game-winning shot at the buzzer, only to have the 25-footer swatted by Corey Brewer.

    Awful rebounding? Check. The Nuggets extended their last possession with two offensive rebounds, giving Denver 18 offensive boards for the game. Allowing Brewer to come from above the top of the key to grab a missed free throw was especially costly — and inexcusable — for the Mavs.

    Terrible defense? Check. Andre Iguodala cruised to the rim after crossing over Vince Carter en route to the game-winning layup.

    “We’ve got to win that game,” said Mavs center Brandan Wright, who had a team-high 16 points but went scoreless in the second half. “This is a bad situation. It’s been the story of our season. This is terrible, the worst loss we’ve had all year. We had it and we just fumbled it away.”

    The worst loss all year? That’s debatable for the 36-39 Mavs.

    The Mavs have been on the wrong end of too many blowouts, but it’s games such as this that will bother them while they’re watching the playoffs from the couch. As Carter said, he doesn’t have enough fingers to count how many times the Mavs have found ways to lose games they should have won.

    “There’s gotta be 20 of those games we lost,” said Nowitzki, who was held to 13 points and went scoreless in the fourth quarter. “It stings just as much as all the rest of them. The amount of games we feel like we gave away is tough. This is another one we’ve got to have — multiple chances to win, basically one rebound to seal it, one big basket. It’s tough.

    “It’s tough, but we haven’t shown all season that on the road consistently we can win those games.”

    Shawn Marion described the Mavs’ offense as “going from sugar to s—” in the fourth quarter, during which the Mavs scored only 17 points on 7-of-19 shooting. But it’s Denver’s last, long offensive possession that will make the flight to Sacramento so miserable.

    After Brewer’s steal, the Nuggets botched a transition opportunity, resulting in Wilson Chandler missing a 4-footer in traffic. Denver forward Kenneth Faried fought for his 19th rebound of the night and got fouled. The Mavs still led by one after Faried missed both of his free throws, but Brewer outhustled everybody to the loose ball to give the Nuggets one last chance.

    “We didn’t execute well offensively, and I’ll take responsibility for that,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But we’ve just got to get a rebound.”

    After a timeout, Iguodala made the Mavs pay for failing to get that one rebound. Iguodala got the ball on the right wing, started to drive toward the baseline, left Carter flat-footed with a crossover, cruised through the middle of the defense and laid in the game winner with his left hand.

    “We’ve got to make Iguodala earn that,” Carter said. “We can’t just let him go down the middle of our defense and get a layup. We’ve got to put him on the floor, foul him, something.”

    Added Nowitzki, who noted that he could have hacked Iguodala: “To give up a game-winning layup is too easy.”

    If the Mavs get that one rebound, nobody cares that the Dallas offense was dreadful down the stretch. The Mavs would have been celebrating their most surprising win of the season en route to Sacramento.

    “One freakin’ stop,” Carter said, “and we’re having a different conversation.”

    Instead, it was the same conversation the Mavs have had so many times during this disappointing season.

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