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Mavs World Ep. 31 Podcast (Mavs v Rockets, Houston woes, Cowboys, Chris Collinsworth)

Thank you for downloading episode 31 of the show. I briefly, and by brief I mean 30 seconds, give my first impressions of about 15-20 teams in the NBA. Down the line when I’m not 100% glued in on the Mavs I will go in depth and talk about all of the teams in the Association.

This episode talks a lot about the early impressions of this years Mavericks team, as well as my totally non-bias thoughts on this years biggest travesty, the Houston Rockets. Near the end on the mailbag I get a questions about Nerlens Noel, Mavs preseason, the Cowyboys, and that dingus Chris Collinsworth.


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Eastern and Western Conference Predictions & Mavs World 30 Download

Mavs World Ep. 30 covers my predictions for the Eastern and Western conference predictions for seedings, playoffs, and player awards for this upcoming season.
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To recap, player awards:

MVP: LeBron James (if he wants to win it) OR Paul George

It is believed, without confirmation, that LeBron could be taking this years regular season lightly. LeBron isn’t getting any younger, and it would be wise for him to consider letting Kyrie and Kevin Love take over because no matter what happens, the Cavs are going to playoffs with home court advantage. However, in the event LeBron decides to play full-force and play for an MVP, he will get it. It will be his fifth MVP, and with all of his legitimate MVP competition on the same team, this shouldn’t be a hard feat for him.

In the event that LeBron does decide to chill out, Paul George is in a prime position to solidify himself post-injury, take the new-look Pacers to a 4th or 3rd seed and win the MVP. Jim Harden is also another real threat to win the award depending on how well the Rockets do.

DPOY:  Kawhi Leonard or Paul George

If Paul George doesn’t win the MVP, he’s winning the DPOY. Otherwise, Kawhi Leonard will likely take the award for himself yet again.

Rookie of the Year: Joel Embiid or Buddy Hield

Joel Embiid has been playing really well this preseason and his story is tailor-made for a 30 for 30 special in 10 years. If Embiid can continue this caliber or play throughout the season he will likely win ROY. Ben Simmons supposedly won’t be playing at all this season so I have scratched him from consideration. Buddy Hield is my other choice for ROY because he is on a bad team that will all be hurt by December 10th, and he can step up and pad the stat sheet. Most ROY’s come from bad teams where the only option is a rookie. Which is why Buddy Hield is not a solidified first pick for ROY. I have extreme doubts about Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Tyreke Evans being healthy longer than 5 games.

Coach of the Year: Rick Carlisle

Look at what this guy has had to put up with, when Seth Curry is a finalist for most improved player, Slick Rick will take this award with ease.

Most Improved Player: Not Harrison Barnes

On the podcast, the website I was reacting to decided Harrison Barnes was going to win MIP. Not a chance. There are better odds of Seth Curry winning the award than Harrison Barnes. I am not optimistic regarding Barnes, and given his contract, he should be playing at a high level anyway. I forgot to mention this on the podcast, but we might even see Brandon Jennings take the award in New York. Jennings has had glimmers of his former self during his time in Detroit before plagued by injury.

Eastern Conference Standings:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Indiana Pacers
  5. Atlanta Hawks
  6. Charlotte Hornets
  7. Detroit Pistons
  8. Washington Wizards

NOTE: Seeds 6-10 are a toss up and I have no idea what the hell is going to happen.

Western Conference Standings:

  1. Golden State Warriors Super-Friends
  2. Loss Angeles Clippers
  3. San Antonio Spurs
  4. Portland Trailblazers
  5. Memphis Grizzlies
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Houston Rockets

With rumors circling an uneasiness in the Spurs organization, plus the loss of Tim Duncan, I can see a healthy Clippers team going full throttle and passing the Spurs this year. The Spurs will not have another 67-win season and this year will take a step back and be around 60. While the Pau Gasol addition is nice, him and LaMarcus Aldrige will take turns giving up 20 points to whomever they guard. The Rockets are also lucky to get an eighth seed, especially now that they are missing Patrick Beverley. How long until $50 Million Dollar Man Eric Gordon goes out with a leg cramp and a total unwillingness to play?

The Grizzlies at fifth also is a huge toss up but I believe that entire team will be healthy with the exemption of Chandler Parsons. Conley and Gasol are still a force to be reckoned with.


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Mavs World Ep. 29 Write up + Download

I dropped Mavs World 29 today, it’s the first podcast since July! This podcast focuses heavily on trying to predict the upcoming season for the Mavs. Andrew Bogut was, to me, a huge addition to this team pending health.

On the next episode I look to dive into some of the roster battles that are going on right now. Seth Curry and Jonathan Gibson, Quincy Acy and Dwight Powell, and so forth. This team has a lot of depth and we have a lot to look forward to as Mavs fans.  Here are some links to relevant videos and posts from Mavs Media Day, as well as an MP3 download for this edition of the Mavs World Podcast. I would recommend watching the media day scrimmage. It gets off to a super slow start but Rick does some nice intros for the guys. Seth Curry gets a lot of playing time, and we also see AJ Hammonds, Salah, Justin Anderson, JJ Barea, Acy, Barnes, Gibson, and some of the other guys we picked up this off season.

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JJ Barea’s sweet Alley-Oop to Dwight Powell!

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Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash, left, and team owner Mark Cuban leave the court after their team lost to the Detroit Pistons, 115-102, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/The Daily Oakland Press, Jose Juarez) ORG XMIT: MIPON101

Deep Dive into the 2004 Mavericks

I enjoyed writing the last post about the Mavericks last season, and I wanted to do it all over again. However, this time I wanted to choose a team that gets lost in discussion. Most Mavs teams people will frequently talk about are the 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2011 squads. It would be interesting to go back and study some of the lesser talked about teams that we’ve had throughout the years. So lets begin with the 2003-2004 Dallas Mavericks:


Obviously, a reason this team isn’t talked about is because they lost in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs to the kings. Despite a 1-4 final record, the games were painstakingly close. This Kings team had Mike Bibby, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Gerald Wallace, and Chris Webber. Not the worst team to lose to in the first round.  Besides game 1, the largest Kings victory was only 4 points. It was an ultra-competitive series. As far as the Mavericks went, here are some regular season stats regarding that season:

RECORD: 52-30 (5th seed)
ORTG: 112.1 (First in the league)
PACE: 93.2 (2nd in the league)
PPG/Opp. PPG: 105.2 (1st in the league) / 100.8 (28th/29th in the league)
ATTENDANCE: 825,500 (2nd in the league)

Coached by Don Nelson, he had a stacked team of helpers. Brad Davis, Rolando Blackman, Del Harris, and Donnie Nelson were all involved in assistant coaching and/or player development.

The overall season stats show the Mavericks were a powerhouse on offense, being first in the league in FG’s, FGA’s, 2P’s, free throw shooting, and even offensive rebounding. Also, the Mavs were 3rd in field goal percentage and assists. On the contrary, they were at the absolute bottom on defense. A majority of stats relating to field goal percentages, shots taken, and ball movement all indicate defense was a big issue for this team.

In order of how many points they contributed throughout the season, here’s the roster in that order:

Dirk Nowitzki – 21.9 ppg / 8.7 rebs (lead team)

Michael Finley – 18.6 ppg

Antawn Jamison – 14.8 PPG

Antoine Walker – 14 ppg / 8.3 rebs / 4.5 AST (2nd on team)

Steve Nash – 14.5 ppg / 8.8 AST

Josh Howard – 8.6 ppg

Marquis Daniels – 8.5 ppg

Shawn Bradley – 3.3 ppg

Danny Fortson – 3.9 ppg

Tony Delk – 6 ppg

Eduardo Najera – 3 ppg

Travis Best – 2.8 ppg

Scott Williams – 3 ppg

Mamadou N’Diaye (0 points all season, nice!)


Dirk had the highest win share on the team, totaling out at 11.5. Third was Steve Nash at 8.8. Second, was actually Antawn Jamison at 9. Additionally, Nash also had by far the worst defensive win shares. Being the only player on the team in negative numbers. He also is dead last in defensive plus/minus per 100 poss. He is at -3.7, Dirk was at 0.

Looking at the playoff averages per game, Dirk stepped up in a big way averaging 26.6 PPG, Steve Nash’s numbers didn’t change much at all. Averaging slightly below 14 ppg and 9 AST.

After reading everything, you may be surprised to learn that Dirk was the 4th highest paid player on the team. First was Antoine Walker at $13.5 million, Michael Finley at $13.2 million, Antawn Jamison and Dirk had identical salaries. Both at $13.3 million. 5th was Tariq Abdul Wahad, who isn’t even listed on the roster, at $6.1 million. Sixth was Steve Nash at $5.7 million.

Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash, left, and team owner Mark Cuban leave the court after their team lost to the Detroit Pistons, 115-102, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/The Daily Oakland Press, Jose Juarez) ORG XMIT: MIPON101

Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash, left, and team owner Mark Cuban leave the court after their team lost to the Detroit Pistons, 115-102, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/The Daily Oakland Press, Jose Juarez) ORG XMIT: MIPON101

Looking at the numbers, it’s not hard to see why Mark Cuban would look at Steve Nash and not recognize the greatness to come. Perhaps having to prove himself in Phoenix was what made him so great. Nonetheless, the team still did reach the WCF in 2003, but after a closely fought 5 game loss to the Kings in the first round in 2004, Mark felt there was a need for change. Steve Nash was already 29 years old. His production compared to the 2 years before was down in terms of scoring, however he did average slightly more assists in his last season as a Maverick. Nash was named an all-star in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, but not in 2004. That alone could have been enough for Mark to reconsider. In hindsight, it was a giant loss. But again, that’s in hindsight and the stats could suggest a decline. A decline not significant enough to warrant moving forward with Devin Harris (who would also become an all-star on the Nets in 2009) as the point guard of the future.

If this has showed us anything, it’s that guys like Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison get overlooked when discussing solid Mavs players that we’ve had. Especially Antoine Walker, who was all over the stat sheet.

Make sure to follow @MavsWorld_net so you don’t miss any more deep dives into old Mavs teams. Gentlemen: Be well, stay safe, go Mavs.


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Looking at Last Years Mavs: Lineups and Deron Williams “Deep Stats” pt.1

I decided to indulge myself on Basketball reference and look at some of the deeper stats that made up our team last year. Some statistics are obvious, others are painfully obvious, and some may actually surprise you. Today we will briefly go through Deron Williams, and talk about some of our most used lineups throughout the season and how they did per 100 poss.

Deron Williams


Off the bat, this one may have surprised me the most. I got the impression that while on the floor, our offense ran better and we scored more points with Deron Williams running the show. At times, he would paired with Barea, Felton, or Devin Harris. So take that into account when reading the results.

With Deron Williams NOT on the court, the teams offensive rating was better overall. The Mavs grabbed -1.8 offensive rebounds, +3.0 assists, all while Williams played a possible 53% of all minutes. The opponent, however, would average +1.8 more defensive rebounds, +1.1 blocks, and their pace would slow down by -2.4. None of these numbers are staggering, but in total, with Deron Williams on the floor our Offensive Rating was an overall average of -0.9 worse with him out there. By no means is that an indictment of his performance, and it could be a result of the lineups he may have had to play in.



Deron Williams was involved in 8 of the 10 most played lineups. The most common lineup played last year was the starting lineup of Williams, Matthews, Parsons, Dirk, and Zaza. They played a total of 418 minutes together. With Parsons hurt, the other four players played over 700 minutes together and would be by far the most used group of guys. Carlisle sporadically throughout the year would place Felton, Barea, or Harris in the 5th slot of that lineup. The other most common lineup that played 272 minutes together was Williams, Felton, Mathews, Dirk, and Zaza. This is during the absence of Parsons.

The lineup of Williams, Felton, Mathews, Dirk, and Zaza boasts some of the best numbers overall. The original starting lineup has stagnant numbers, none of them stand out and could be described as “keeping up” with the other team. But, the Williams, Felton, Mathews, Dirk, and Zaza 5-man has plus-numbers almost entirely across the board. The one the stands out to me, is that lineup averaged +11.9 points per 100 poss. when facing their opponents. That was our second most used lineup, it didn’t include Parsons, and proved to be consistent. This is partially why I wish we kept Felton and found somewhere to put Devin Harris. Other numbers from this lineup include a +2.5 steals, +1.5 assists, +12% FT%,. The ONLY category where this group faltered was in blocks. Every other stat is, per 100 possessions, better than the other team.

To be fair, Parsons belongs to a lineup that played 61 minutes in total. It included Williams, Felton, Parsons, Matthews, Dirk. Per 100 poss. they averaged +30 more points than their opponent. Deron Williams and Felton again proving they are effective when they play along side each other. Surprisingly, they were the 12th most used combo last year. Their numbers together aren’t as strong as their showings in some of these lineups would indicate, though.


At the end of the season, here are where the Mavs ranked in the following categories:

Pace 94.3 (22/30)
Off. Rtg 106.7 (11/30)
PPG: 102.3 (16/30)
Opponents PPG: 102.6 (14/30)
Attendance: (3/30)
Finished 2nd in the Southwest Division behind San Antonio.


The photo of Deron Williams is from this moment last year, probably my favorite moment!

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Download and Listen to Mavs World ep.28

On this episode of Mavs World we discuss Jonathan Gibson, the Mavs youth movement, D-Wade and the Bulls going forward, Rondo’s poor performance on the Kings as far as the analytics are concerned, among many other things. If you want to e-mail the podcast for your thoughts or questions to be read on the show, e-mail

Also on this episode, we make mention that if you do any edits of any kind, please send them my way and we’ll post them on the site. Here are two sent in by Ian Farmar:

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I mentioned on the show a YouTube video of Brian Cardinal, well, here’s the video I’m talking about.

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Mavs World Episode 27 – Mavs FA, KD to GS, God I Hate Houston

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Mavs World Ep. 26 – Wade to DAL? Jack to HOU? And a big ol’ Mailbag just for you.

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