6. Nick Van Exel

Nick Van Exel created scoring opportunities and hit big 3-point shots during his stay in Dallas (2001-03). But his most important contribution to the Mavericks was as the catalyst who provided toughness and swagger against Sacramento, a perennial thorn in the side of Dallas postseasons. Van Exel willed the Mavs over the Kings in the 2003 NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)