Making It Work

Posted by Rob Mahoney on June 27, 2012 under Commentary | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks have spent the last decade-plus carefully constructing and manicuring one of the most impressive cultures in professional sports. What they lack in franchise mystique they’ve more than made up for in clever engineering, roster support, and locker room camaraderie; the Mavericks are, frankly, run the way a basketball franchise is meant to be run. They’re financially aware without being stingy and resourceful without stretching themselves too thin, all of which has coincided with incredible, sustained success. They don’t win games or conquer seasons. They engage in a process, and all of those smaller victories figure themselves out along the way.

But, lest we forget: this has never been a franchise renowned for its draft selections or player development. Value is found and redeemed whenever possible, but there’s a reason why this franchise is lacking any notable young talent whatsoever as they attempt to segue into a new era of Mavericks basketball; even the victorious 2011 team was essentially geriatric. Eleven straight years as something resembling a title contender tends to take the wind out of the draft sails, leaving Donnie Nelson, Mark Cuban, and a string of coaches to dig deep for rotation value without having picks conducive to finding that kind of talent.

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ESPN TrueHoop Network Mock Draft: Mavericks Select Quincy Miller

Posted by Connor Huchton on June 26, 2012 under xOther | 3 Comments to Read

Connor Huchton is a contributor to Hardwood Paroxysm, an editor of Rufus On Fire, and a part of The Two Man Game family. You can follow Connor on Twitter: @ConnorHuchton.

In the 2012 ESPN TrueHoop Network Mock Draft, I had the chance to select on behalf of the Mavericks. Here are the picks that preceded my choice:

1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis (Joe Gerrity, Hornets247)
2. Charlotte: Thomas Robinson (Spencer Percy, Queen City Hoops)
3. Washington: Bradley Beal (Kyle Weidie, Truth About It)
4. Cleveland: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog)
5. Sacramento: Harrison Barnes (James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom)
6. Portland: Andre Drummond (Sean Highkin, Portland Roundball Society)
7. Golden State: Dion Waiters (Rasheed Malek, WarriorsWorld.net)
8. Toronto: Jeremy Lamb (Sam Holako, Raptors Republic)
9. Detroit: John Henson (Dan Feldman, PistonPowered)
10. New Orleans: Damian Lillard (Joe Gerrity, Hornets247)
11. Portland: Kendall Marshall (Sean Highkin, Portland Roundball Society)
12. Milwaukee: Perry Jones III (Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball)
13. Phoenix: Terrence Ross (Ryan Weisert, Valley of the Suns)
14. Houston: Tyler Zeller (Jared Dubin, Hardwood Paroxysm)
15. Philadelphia: Terrence Jones (Carey Smith, Philadunkia)
16. Houston: Austin Rivers (Robert Silverman, KnickerBlogger)

And with the 17th pick, I chose Quincy Miller.

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