Dallas Mavericks Top 10: A Two-Way Tie
Jan 27, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) talks to former teammate Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) after the game at the American Airlines Center. The Grizzlies defeated the Mavericks 109-90. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
As our countdown begins, the staff couldn’t come to a conclusion on our number 10 player. So we decided to include both of them.
The Dallas Mavericks have definitely fallen into a tough time ever since the team won its first title in 2011. A handful of one-and-done playoff runs and even a year missing the playoffs have brought us to where we are now.
Our countdown will include players from the start of the winning era all the way to current players, and will be coming out now until the end of the year. Here is our tie at number 10.
Mar 20, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) makes a jump shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Grizzlies defeated the Mavericks 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
VC really is better known for his time spent in both Toronto and New Jersey where he was known as “Air Canada” or “Half Man/Half Amazing”. He was best known in Dallas as “Vinsanity”.
During his time in Dallas, Vince Carter was nowhere near the player that he was beforehand. Vince is currently in his 19th season and playing with his 6th team, the Memphis Grizzlies. Carter averaged a reasonable 12 points per game in his 3 seasons with the Mavs and was still good for at least one highlight reel dunk per week.
Vince Carter is considered one of the best dunkers to ever play the game of basketball. If you ask me, he is number 1 in that category. However, Dallas did not get the beauty that was “Air Canada”. We did, however, get a guy that learned the game well enough to thrive even after losing much of his athleticism.
The main reason VC has found himself on the list of Top 10 Mavs, probably stems from one individual shot. When Vince hit the corner buzzer beater against the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs, he was immediately immortalized in Mavericks history. For that reason, he finds himself at the #10 spot.
Apr 8, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
If there was ever one thing about Monta that could not be argued, it is the fact that he is a bonafide scorer. During his two seasons with Dallas, Monta Ellis proved that fact night in and night out.
Although he only spent two seasons with the Mavericks and neither of them were anywhere near the best seasons of his career, he still brought an element to the Mavericks that we have rarely seen from a Mav not named Dirk. He could score the ball incredibly well.
In his two seasons with Dallas, Monta averaged 19 points per game, right with his career average of 18.5, but lower than his great seasons in Golden State where he scored 25.5 and 24.1 points per game in back to back seasons.
Ellis is in his 12th season in the NBA and has had a rough year so far. The Mavs may be interested in a reunion and I’m not sure anyone would be more happy about it than the Mavs fans.
Stay tuned for our #9 selection later today, a player who spent half a decade with Dallas before moving on and sputtering out right after leaving.
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