Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

No. 15 – Stansbury a Dunk Contest regular

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Terence Stansbury

Terence Stansbury was used to the Dunk Contest stage.

Name: Terence Stansbury

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 170 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 27, 1961

College: Temple

Drafted in 1984: 15th overall by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Terence Stansbury, who was the 15th player selected at the 1984 Draft, finished third in three consecutive NBA Slam Dunk Contests.


VIDEO: Terence Stansbury put on a show during the 1987 Dunk Contest

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No. 44 – Wills outlasts his Draft mates

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis was the last member of the 1984 Draft class to retire.

Name: Kevin Willis

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 7-feet, 220 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 6, 1962

College: Michigan State

Drafted in 1984: 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks

Draft fact: Kevin Willis, the 11th player chosen in the 1984 Draft, was 44 years old when he finally retired after the 2006-07 season. Among ’84 draftees, Willis played in 1,424 games (second only to John Stockton’s 1,504) and he was the last player to retire from his Draft class.

We’re just 44 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 57 – Carlisle shines as NBA coach

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle led the Mavs to the 2011 championship.

Name: Rick Carlisle

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1959

College: Virginia

Drafted in 1984: 70th overall (No. 23 in third round) by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: Rick Carlisle, the 70th player selected in the 1984 Draft, has enjoyed a successful NBA coaching career. During the 2010-11 season, Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to a 57-win regular season en route to Dallas collecting its first NBA championship. He has 569 wins as an NBA coach and was Coach of the Year in 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons.


VIDEO: Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks lock up the 2011 championship

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No. 61 — Bear this in mind …

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Jeff Cross

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-10, 240 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 1, 1961

College: Maine

Drafted in 1984: 61st overall (No. 14 in third round) by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Jeff Cross, who was selected with the 61st pick of the 1984 Draft, is the only University of Maine Black Bear to ever play in the NBA.

We’re just 61 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 63 — Perkins does defense, too

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Sam Perkins

As a rookie in Dallas, Sam Perkins was a solid defender.

Name: Sam Perkins

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 235 pounds

Birthday: June 14, 1961

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Sam Perkins, the 4th player selected in the 1984 Draft, recorded 63 blocks and 63 steals in his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks. In his career, Perkins had 60 or more blocks and steals in a season eight times.

We’re just 63 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 70 — Carlisle achieves NBA milestone

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Draft on NBA TV.

Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle won an NBA title with the 1986 Celtics.

Name: Rick Carlisle

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1959

College: Virginia

Drafted in 1984: 70th overall (No. 23 in third round) by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: Rick Carlisle, the 70th overall pick in 1984, was the only member of that class to win an NBA title as a player (with the Celtics in 1986) and as a coach (with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011).


VIDEO: Rick Carlisle talks after the Mavs secure the 2011 NBA championship

We’re just 70 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 83 — Jordan, Perkins true NCAA stars

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Draft on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins)

Draft fact: Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins were members of the 1983 College Basketball All-America First Team. Both players would replicate that honor again in 1984 as they approached the 1984 NBA Draft.

We’re just 83 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

Throwback Thursday: Best Mavs of all-time


VIDEO: 2011 NBA Finals

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Best Dallas Mavericks of all-time

The NBA granted an expansion franchise to the City of Dallas on May 1, 1980. This franchise became the Mavericks, who have won the 11th most games in the NBA since 1980 and the 2011 NBA championship.

To honor the Mavericks franchise, we take this Throwback Thursday to look back at the best players (and coaches) to call Dallas home.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Best Mavs

Who’s your favorite Maverick of all-time? Leave your comments below!

Mark Cuban shows off outside touch

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The next time the Dallas Mavericks need someone to knock down an outside jumper, it seems they may have a new option to explore. (Other than Vince Carter.) Check out this Instagram video from a Dallas-based recording artist who was courtside long enough to catch Mavs owner Mark Cuban drilling perimeter jumpers. You gotta chase him off that line!

(via TNLP)

Horry Scale: Vince’s victory

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


VIDEO: VC GWBB

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we looked at the regular-season Horry Scale in full. Now, with the playoffs in full swing, it took just at a week to have our first postseason Horry Scale entry.

What is the Horry Scale? For those who are new around these parts, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Kings-Pistons game?) and celebration (is it over the top or too chill? Just the right panache or needs more sauce?). Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second daggers.

One thing I’d like to clear up: The Horry Scale does not measure only a game-winning shot; the Horry Scale measures several facets of a Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater. So we’re talking about not only the shot, but also the play that creates the shot, the situation and the drama, the celebrations … basically, everything surrounding and including the shot. So when I gave Randy Foye a 3 Horry rating, that wasn’t only a reflection of his shot, which was admittedly remarkable, as I wrote, but also the play, which was awful. Taj Gibson’s lefty layup wasn’t the toughest shot, but that inbounds play was terrific. Basically, everything matters.

Counting the regular season, this gives us a record-setting 18 Horry Scale entries this season. Let’s take a closer look at Vince Carter‘s game-winning three in Game 3 against San Antonio from earlier today…

DIFFICULTY
The corner three-pointer is supposedly the “easiest” three-pointer. Which doesn’t mean it’s easy, obviously. But it is a shorter shot than a straight-away or wing three. But what if you’re shooting from the corner and you’re fading away? And what if you’re covered as tightly as a smedium shirt by Manu Ginobili, with inches to get the shot off?

And what if you have less than 2 seconds left to release the shot? Well, add all those factors together and you’ve got a nearly impossible shot. Thing is, nobody told Vince Carter.

GAME SITUATION
PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS! The pressure doesn’t get any higher than in the postseason. As for the play itself, Dallas had the ball down two, after Ginobili scored on the other end to give San Antonio the lead. You’d think Dallas might go either Dirk or Monta, both of whom have made visits to the Horry Scale this season. You would, however, be wrong. Because, of course, the Mavs went to Vince Carter instead…

To get Vince open on the inbound play, the Mavs stacked up Vince, Dirk and Brandan Wright, then ran Monta Ellis off the triple screen. As Ellis popped free at the top, Vince ducked to the corner, caught, spun and drained the shot. Good defense from Manu, better shot by Vince. Catch, spin, shot, bottom. Win.

CELEBRATION
Probably the best all-around celebration of the season. This is partially a function of it happening in the playoffs, when the intensity is already ratcheted up high. When the shot went through, the American Airlines Center went crazy. The Mavs all surrounded Vince and celebrated with him. Two other things that we should note? Right in the center of the Mavs celebration was owner Mark Cuban

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Hey, if I owned an NBA team and we won a playoff game on a last-second shot, I’d be up in that celebration, too.

Also, as the Mavs celebrated, we got a quick glimpse at stoic Popovich

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GRADE
This is when it all counts. Heckuva situation, heckuva shot. As far as a grade, this one really had it all. I was thinking somewhere between 4 and 5 Horrys. And you know what? We’re going with 5 Horrys for this one, our first five Horry shot of the season…

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Now it’s your turn! How many Horrys would you give Vince Carter’s shot?