The undersized 6-7 big man (pictured center) fell to the 37th overall pick in 2009 largely because multiple surgeries during his high school years left him without an anterior cruciate ligament in either knee. Blair averaged 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds as a sophomore at Pitt, his final year playing college basketball. He signed with the Mavericks last August after playing the previous four years in San Antonio. Blair played in 78 games this season, starting 13 and averaging 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds.
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Jose Calderon, No. 8, point guard.
Calderon joined the Toronto Raptors in 2005 after playing professionally in Spain. The 32-year-old has now played nine NBA seasons, starting 432 games along the way. This season, his first with the Mavericks, Calderon averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 assists in 81 starts. Interesting facts about Calderon: he had Lasik eye surgery early in his career so he would no longer need to wear contacts on the court. He also owns an organic pig farm in Spain. In 11 career postseason games, Calderon, a career 87 percent free throw shooter, is averaging 12.5 points and 6.1 assists. Photo: Matthew Emmons
Vince Carter, No. 25, shooting guard.
Carter, one of the NBA's greatest dunkers and an eight-time All-Star, joined the Mavericks in Dec. 2011. During his 16 seasons in the league, the 37-year-old has posted a career average of 20.2 points per game. Carter played in 81 games this season, averaging 11.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. In January 2010, he opened a restaurant named after himself in Daytona Beach. Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel wrote a story last month about how Carter's numerous highlights and the Toronto Raptors' exceptional play in the early 2000s greatly contributed to a growing crop of standout high school and college players coming from the Toronto area. Photo: Duane Burleson / Associated Press
Jae Crowder, No. 9, small forward.
He was drafted by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 draft, however, he was traded to the Mavericks later that night. In his two seasons in Dallas, Crowder has played in 156 games, averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds as a versatile/hardworking contributor off the bench. He has seven brothers and sisters and is close friends with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris. Crowder's father, Corey Crowder, played two seasons in the NBA during the early 1990s. Photo: Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports
Samuel Dalembert, No. 1, center.
He was born in Haiti and lived there for 14 years before moving to Montreal. Dalmebert, 32, was the 26th overall pick in 2001. He played eight seasons in Philadelphia before spending time with Sacramento, Houston and Milwaukee. The Mavericks signed Dalembert last July. He started 68 games this year, averaging 6.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Dalembert donated $100,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people. Photo: Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports
Wayne Ellington, No. 21, shooting guard.
He was selected by Minnesota with the 28th overall pick in 2009. Ellington played three seasons in Minnesota before spending last year in Cleveland and Memphis. He signed with the Mavericks in July and has appeared in 45 games, averaging 3.2 points. Ellington won a national championship at the University of North Carolina and he was high school teammates with Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson.
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Monta Ellis, No. 11, shooting guard.
A high school basketball legend in the state of Mississippi, Ellis once scored 72 points in a game. He skipped college and entered the NBA Draft in 2005. Ellis was selected with the 40th overall pick by Golden State. He played with the Warriors for over six seasons until he was traded to Milwaukee in March 2012. He signed with the Mavs in July and started every game, averaging 19 points and 5.7 assists. Ellis' body is covered in tattoos with everything from a tree across the front of his upper body to a milk crate hanging on a telephone pole like a basketball hoop on his back. Photo: Cary Edmondson / USA TODAY Sports
Devin Harris, No. 20, point guard.
He was drafted by Washington with the fifth overall pick in 2004 but was part of a trade with the Mavs. Harris spent three full seasons in Dallas before being traded to New Jersey in 2008. He had his best season in 2008-09, averaging 21.3 points and 6.9 assists as he earned a trip to the NBA All-Star Game. Harris returned to Dallas in July, signing a one-year deal. He has played in 40 games this season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 assists. Fun facts: Harris was an all-conference volleyball player in high school and in 2009 he set a Guinness World Record for being the fastest man to dribble a basketball the length of the court, doing so in 3.9 seconds. Photo: Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports
Bernard James, No. 5, center.
James has played in 30 games this season, averaging 0.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. The 29-year-old is only in his second NBA season because he served for six years in the U.S. Air Force. James had deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. He was the 33rd overall pick by Cleveland in 2012 but he was traded to the Mavs later that night. Photo: Russell Isabella / USA TODAY Sports
Shane Larkin, No. 3, point guard.
The son of Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was the 18th overall pick in last year's draft. Larkin got off to a bad start after breaking his ankle before the start of Summer League play. He has appeared in 48 games during his rookie season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 assists. Larkin received the nickname "Suga Shane" from his favorite athlete growing up, Deion Sanders. Part of his rookie season was filmed for a documentary that aired on CBS earlier this year. Photo: Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports
Ricky Ledo, No. 7, shooting guard.
The 21-year-old has only appeared in 11 games this season, averaging three minutes per game. Ledo has spent the majority of his time with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. He was the 43rd overall selection in last year's draft. Although he attended Providence College, Ledo never played in a game, sitting out the entire season because he did not meet NCAA academic requirements for eligibility. Fun facts: Ledo's favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant, his favorite movies are "Friday" and "All About the Benjamins" and his favorite food is French toast. Photo: Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports
Shawn Marion, No. 0, small forward.
The 15-year NBA veteran started 76 games this season, averaging 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marion, the ninth overall pick in the 1999 draft, was part of the Mavericks' 2011 title team and he has earned four NBA All-Star selections. Marion, who is known for his unorthodox shooting form, was nicknamed "the Matrix" by TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith during the pre-season of his rookie year. Many of his teammates call him "Trix" for short. Fun fact: Marion enjoys watching movies so much that he considers his DVD collection his most prized possession. Photo: Mark D. Smith / USA TODAY Sports
Gal Mekel, No. 33, point guard.
The rookie has played in 31 games this season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.0 assists. The 26-year-old spent two years playing at Wichita State before choosing to play overseas in 2008. He signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks in July and played with Dallas during the Summer League. While at WSU, Mekel listed former NBA player Sarunas Jasikevicius as his favorite athlete. He has four brothers and two sisters. Photo: Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports
Dirk Nowitzki, No. 41, power forward.
As the face of the Mavericks organization, there really isn't much Nowitzki hasn't accomplished. He led the Mavs to the 2011 title, he's one of the NBA's greatest players and he's a future hall of famer. Nowitzki was league MVP in 2007, Finals MVP in 2011 and he has been to 12 All-Star Games. On top of that, he recently passed Oscar Robertson to become the 10th leading scorer in NBA history, and he's guiding the Mavs into their 13 postseason appearance in the last 14 years. Fun facts: Dirk has said that if he wasn't a professional basketball player he'd be a painter or rock star. His favorite movie is "Braveheart" and his favorite bands are the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Photo: Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports
Brandan Wright, No. 34, power forward.
The six-year NBA veteran has spent the last three seasons in Dallas. He came off the bench to play in 58 games this season, averaging 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, both career-highs. Wright was the eighth overall pick by Charlotte in 2007. He started 16 games last season. During his high school playing days, Wright earned Tennessee's Division II Mr. Basketball title in 2004, 2005 and 2006. the 26-year-old has listed his favorite sports teams as the Atlanta Braves, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota Photo: Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports