Thursday, January 24, 2013
Mavericks' All-Star streak coming to an end
By Marc Stein
A 13-year streak of excellence will officially end for the Mavericks on Thursday night when the NBA’s All-Star reserves are announced on TNT.
CALLING ALL STARS
The Mavs' 13-year streak of having an All-Star is likely to come to an end. Only the Lakers and Spurs have longer active streaks (LA's streak has already been extended with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard named to the team)
*No All-Star game in 1999 due to NBA lockout
Courtesy of Gregory Found, ESPN Stats & Information
The reality we’ve all seen coming for weeks -- that no Mavs will be selected to the West squad by the conference coaches after Dirk Nowitzki missed the season’s first 27 games thanks to knee surgery -- means that Dallas will be without an All-Star for the first time this century.
Michael Finley made his All-Star breakthrough for the Mavericks in 2000 and was named to the West squad again as a reserve in 2001. Nowitzki and Steve Nash both made their All-Star debuts in 2002, which launched Dirk on an run of 11 consecutive All-Star appearances.
As Gregory Found of ESPN Stats & Info informs, only two teams in the league have a longer run of sending someone to the All-Star Game than the Mavs’ 13 years in a row.
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a representative on the West for 16 straight All-Star Games dating to 1997, with fan-elected starters Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard extending that streak this season. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, have seen at least one of their players in West colors -- usually Tim Duncan -- for the past 14 All-Star Games and should see that streak extended later Thursday when either Duncan or Tony Parker is unveiled as a West reserve.
Don’t forget that there was no All-Star Game in the lockout-shortened 1999 season, which was also Nowitzki’s rookie year.