Countdown: Ranking the Mavs -- No. 12
I’m ranking the guys, one a day, least to most critical to a title defense (with likelihood of being on the roster next season playing a significant role in the ranking).
So, here we go with today’s ranking: No. 12
Ht/Wt: 6-8, 240
Experience: 11 years
Age: 34 (May 2, 1977)
Contract status: Free agent
2010-11 salary: $854,389
Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty ImagesBrian Cardinal quickly established himself as a favorite among his Mavericks teammates.
His outlook: His unexpected -- and necessary -- contributions in the NBA Finals just might have sealed a second season in Dallas for the balding, 34-year-old who jokes that he's 44. It doesn’t hurt that he became fast friends with Nowitzki and that Carlisle absolutely loves fundamental, team-oriented, cerebral players. The Mavs can probably bring back Cardinal, who added a third child to the lineup early last season and moved his family from Indiana to Dallas, for the minimum salary. Last season was the first time in his career that he went into camp without a job guaranteed, and it wasn’t a good feeling. Cardinal has been enjoying this offseason (just follow the guy on Twitter) and whenever the lockout is lifted, Cardinal likely won’t have to go job hunting.
No. 16 DeShawn Stevenson
No. 15 Peja Stojakovic
No. 14 Dominique Jones
No. 13 Ian Mahinmi
No. 12 Brian Cardinal
No. 11 Coming Thursday
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