Dallas Mavericks: Mickael Pietrus

Suns make winning bid for Luis Scola

July, 15, 2012
7/15/12
4:52
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One amnesty acquisition is enough for now.

The Dallas Mavericks got the one they really wanted Friday in Elton Brand. The Rockets amnestied forward Luis Scola, a crafty, below-the-rim, low-post scorer who seemed a difficult fit with Dirk Nowitzki and Brand. Plus, the three years remaining on his contract, even at a greatly reduced rate, wasn't exactly ideal for an organization seeking to keep its powder dry.

Scola heads to the revamping Phoenix Suns, who submitted the winning bid. The story by ESPN.com's Marc Stein says Dallas is the only team other than Phoenix known to have made a bid, even after the Mavs successfully bidded $2.1 million to get Brand.

The Mavs, with 10 players under contract plus three rookies, can turn their attention to more pressing needs, such as signing some shooters, a glaring weakness at the moment.

Dallas has around $4 million in cap space remaining to sign players, plus a $2.5 million "room" exception. There are a number of shooting guards remaining on the market, including O.J. Mayo, Leandro Barbosa, Marco Belinelli, Mickael Pietrus and Carlos Delfino.

Mavs free-agent guard Delonte West also remains unsigned. There remains mutual interest on that front and a move might be on hold until the Mavs figure out how they will be spending their remaining cap space. Scola can be crossed off the list, but teams still have two more days to amnesty players.

A look at the Mavs' roster to date:

Guards: Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones, Vince Carter, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Jared Cunningham

Small forward: Shawn Marion, Jae Crowder

Power forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

Center: Chris Kaman, Brandan Wright, Bernard James

Marksman needed: Mavs lack 3-point specialist

July, 13, 2012
7/13/12
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Among the moves the Dallas Mavericks made Wednesday in the ongoing reconstruction of the roster, one key element is missing: a 3-point marksman.

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson places high value on shooters -- you can never have enough. That is why the 2011 Mavs acquired Peja Stojakovic, giving the eventual title team three of the top six on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers made list (along with Jason Terry and Jason Kidd). Coach Rick Carlisle has said every team needs a 3-point sharpshooter in today's NBA.

Vince Carter, 18th on the all-time 3-pointers made list, now stands as the most prolific 3-point bomber on the current roster.

The Mavs' offense has always spread the floor around Dirk Nowitzki, and now they have a penetrating point guard who can drive, collapse a defense and dish. The only question is who he'll dish it to.

Consider:

* In three of Carlisle's four seasons, the Mavs have finished in the top seven in 3-pointers attempted per game, including fourth last season and fifth in 2010-11.

* In each of the last three seasons, they've finished in the top 10 in 3-pointers made.

* Last season, both Jason Kidd (79) and Dirk Nowitzki (78) made more 3-pointers than newcomers Darren Collison (34) and Dahntay Jones (33) combined.

* Jason Terry's team-leading 138 baskets from beyond the arc were more than Collison, Jones, Rodrigue Beaubois (38) and Delonte West (27) combined.

The Mavs' backcourt as currently constructed is comprised of Collison (36.3 percent career 3-point shooter), Jones (35.4), Beaubois (33.2) and Carter (37.4), plus the unsigned Delonte West (37.2). They are not poor 3-point shooters, as their percentages indicate. The shot just isn't a big part of their games. Carter, who launched 205 3-pointers last season (which pales to Terry's team-high 365), took 34 more than Collison and Jones combined.

"I’s July 13, it’s not Sept. 27, so we feel like there’s a lot of summer left," Carlisle said. "We’re still involved in talking to a lot of different people about a lot of different situations. We love shooters. We’re going to address that as we move forward here."

So, any sharpshooters still left on the market?

Here's a look at the players and their percentages:

Marco Belinelli -- 37.7 percent and 41.4 percent the last two seasons, 39.3 percent career.

Randy Foye -- 36.6 percent career and 38.8 percent last season on career-high 329 attempts in 65 games.

O.J. Mayo -- 37.5 percent career, and in four seasons never finished below 36.4 percent.

Michael Redd -- 38.0 percent career, but knee injury nearly ended career; shot just 31.8 percent last season.

Carlos Delfino -- 36.2 percent career and has averaged 339.5 attempts the last two seasons.

Mickael Pietrus -- 35.7 percent career, and hasn't been above 34.2 percent in the last two seasons.

Leandro Barbosa -- 39.1 percent career and six seasons shot 37.5 percent or better.

Raymond Felton -- 33.0 percent for career; 38.5 percent with Charlotte in 2009-10 and 45.9 percent in 21 games with Denver last season.

Jason Kapono -- 43.4 percent career; released by Cleveland in March after being traded from Lakers

Jose Calderon (available via trade or if amnestied) -- 38.1 percent career and 37.1 last season; was headed to career-high attempts in full-schedule season.

As Mavs seek 3-game streak, did you know ...

January, 11, 2012
1/11/12
2:00
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As we all know, the Elias Sports Bureau comes up with some amazing stats and information that makes you wonder, how'd they find that?

Here's a few tidbits as the Dallas Mavericks look for a three-game winning streak to move above .500 for the first time this season when they play at the Boston Celtics tonight (7 p.m., ESPN):

* The Mavs made their first eight shots from the field Tuesday night against the Pistons. It was the longest such streak to begin a game for any NBA team this season and was the first time that Dallas started a game 8-for-8 or better from the floor since March 15, 2011 at Portland, when the Mavs made their first 11 shots, but lost the game, 104–101.

* Dirk Nowitzki has more assists on 3-point field goals this season (16) than he has on two-pointers (10). Nowitzki’s total of 3-point assists is a team high (next-most: Jason Terry, 13).

* Jason Terry’s 14.1 PPG scoring average in 344 career games off the bench is the highest among active players who have played at least 300 games as a non-starter. The next-highest career scoring averages off the bench for active players belong to Leandro Barbosa (12.0 PPG), Jamal Crawford (12.0), Corey Maggette (12.0) and Jerry Stackhouse (11.8).

* North Carolina has produced 12 current NBA players, but the Mavericks are the only team with as many as three former Tar Heels: Vince Carter, Brendan Haywood and Brandan Wright.

* The Celtics have been credited with assists on a league-high 66 percent of their field goals this season and the Mavs have the second-highest percentage in the league (64 percent). The league average for assisted field goals this season is 57 percent.

* Mickael Pietrus could make his Celtics debut tonight. Pietrus would be the fourth French-born player in Celtics history, joining Dominique Wilkins, Jerome Moiso and Michael Stewart. The Mavs have two players with French roots, center Ian Mahinmi and guard Rodrigue Beaubois.

* Rick Carlisle is 13–11 in games coached against Doc Rivers. Their coaching rivalry dates back to November 2001, when Carlisle was with Detroit and Rivers coached Orlando. Rivers was hired as the Celtics head coach on April 29, 2004. The only NBA head coach with a longer tenure in his current job than Rivers is Gregg Popovich (hired December 10, 1996). Despite Rivers’ long tenure with Boston, he is younger than 16 current NBA head coaches.

* And finally, the Celtics are 1–5 in home games against defending NBA champions over the last six seasons. Boston’s lone home win over a defending champion over that span (2005–06 through 2010–11) was against San Antonio on February 10, 2008.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9