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Mavericks and Knicks fans are going to read the headline and believe I need to set up an immediate session with Frasier Crane but truly, if we look back since Feb. 1, 2019 till now, I wholeheartedly believe that the Dallas Mavericks Cheap Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey won the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

The Knicks (currently 19-18 ) are in playoff contention for the first time since the 40 year-old Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler 2013 team. Dallas native Julius Randle is having a remarkable break-out season and Wholesale Dallas Mavericks Jerseys the Knicks actually look….impressive?

Even with their potentially promising future with a playoff berth this year, Dallas already received that last year in a thrilling six game series with an NBA Finals favorite in the Los Angeles Clippers and Cheap Jason Kidd Jersey will be in the playoff hunt for all of the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis era. As Porzingis is two games away from approaching 82 total games as a Dallas Maverick, I want to state my reasons why two years in, Dallas (currently 18-16) has won the Porzingis trade.

Damn Knicks are so dumb 2k wouldn’t even allow that trade

— Devin Sharkey (@dsharkey_14) January 31, 2019
Dennis Smith Jr was a bust in New York
When the Mavs acquired Porzingis, Dallas gave the Knicks Cheap Tyson Chandler Jersey in return Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, a 2021 first round pick as well as 2023 first round pick (conditional on the Mavericks not moving up in the 2019 lottery, which they did not, otherwise those picks would’ve Cheap Wesley Matthews Jersey been 2022 and 2024). Smith was a second year super athletic guard who was supposed to be the scoring guard of the future for the Cheap Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey Knicks. He showed amazing flashes as an All-Rookie for the Mavs and was set for a big role for the Mavericks his sophomore year until Luka Doncic started doing Luka Doncic things and that marriage never seemed to quite work.

It was only right the Mavs traded him and he was the biggest player-asset Dallas gave up to get Porzingis. Once traded to the Knicks, the injury bug hit Smith and new coach Tom Thibodeau’s strategy to play his Cheap Luka Doncic Jersey best players the entire game created a shorter rotation which left Smith on the bench. This caused him to eventually get traded to the Pistons, where he is now trying to rejuvenate his career.

“I’m not sure but I will say I’m thankful for the opportunity that they gave me”

– Dennis Smith Jr. on his time with the Knicks and Cheap Kristaps Porzingis Jersey why he thinks things didn’t work out in New York

— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) February 10, 2021
So if you were to tell me Dallas gave up three guys who are not even on the Knicks two years later (Wesley Matthews Cheap Courtney Lee Jersey only played one game for New York) for an 7’3” 25 year old who is averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds and not even at his full-self then I’ll take that deal seven days a week and twice on Tuesday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is that guy!
My personal but brutally straightforward opinion — if you got the best player in a trade, it’s hard for me to say that you lost a trade. If you received the best two players in a trade… it’s no question who ‘won’.

As our own Ben Zajdel stated this past weekend: “[Tim] Hardaway has become an integral part of the Mavericks’ roster.”


Tim Hardaway Jr. Is no longer a bad contract waiting to be traded
Tim Hardaway Jr. through 123 games as a Maverick is averaging 16 points per game while shooting 39% from deep and establishing himself as one of the microwave-type players in the league. The Knicks gave Dallas Hardaway as a “salary dump veteran” but I bet they wish they had his veteran experience and consistent shooting stroke to go along with some of those young guards such as Immanuel Cheap Tim Hardaway Jersey Quickley and R.J Barrett.

Also if you are a true Mavericks fan you must know when Tim Hardaway Sr. attends a Mavs game, Hardaway puts up nuclear performances and nearly guarantees a win when he’s there. It’s hard for me to go against those odds as if he were to attend every single Dallas game, I would take my savings, put it into my checking account, and head to Vegas to place a bet on the Mavericks winning the Larry O’Brien.

Dallas needed a second star… who is not old
There’s a funny line in The Office where Steve Carrell’s character Michael Scott, a profound idiot, says “you know what they say. Fool me once, strike one, but fool me twice…strike three.”

In terms of free agency/trade acquisitions, Dallas was on strike three a decade ago. Whether it’s letting Tyson Chandler walk in 2011, not signing prime Deron Williams, not signing prime Dwight Howard, the prime DeAndre Jordan fiasco, signing Williams only after he lost his secret stuff, trading for Rajon Rondo in 2014 when Dallas was legitimately awesome, to signing DeAndre Jordan four years later just to trade him half a season in and recently missing out on Kemba Walker. Stars do not sign in Dallas and that’s okay — that’s why if Dallas can do a mid-season trade for one, they should hop on it.

Dallas needs to get a star who is on his way towards reaching his potential or entering his prime and they got that with Porzingis. They took the risk of taking Porzingis off of a knee injury from the Knicks but that move turned into the 2020 Mavs having the most efficient offensive team in NBA history with an offensive net rating of 115.9 per 100 possessions.

Porzingis, when healthy, is the perfect big man to go along Doncic for the future and the best time that showed was in the six games in the bubble last season where Porzingis averaged 30.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His ability to pick and pop, taking advantage of a mismatch for the opposing center, creating immaculate spacing for Doncic and the shooters was a sight to see. Thanks to this historic offense, the Mavericks were able to break a four year playoff hiatus.

The Knicks could have had a better deal!
So the Knicks did sign Julius Randle and Marcus Morris in the Summer of 2019 and traded Morris for a first round pick which turned out to be Immanuel Quickly.

Great move, no question.

But they had enough cap space to not do the Porzingis trade, keep him and sign Julius Randle to play along with he and RJ Barrett. Instead they were impatient. If they wanted to trade Porzingis, his value was way higher than what the Mavericks gave them unless they thought Dallas was going to be a lottery team in the next three years and overrated the value of those two first round picks they received.

Players such as D’Angelo Russell, Blake Griffin and Andrew Wiggins were traded for way more value than Porzingis when he is in the same group if not higher caliber of talent. Ex-Knicks President Steve Mills said they had eight potential trade scenarios with one being a possible Pelicans Anthony Davis trade. Trading away such a high potential talent for no return to show for it now but two future draft picks is a tough loss.

The idea that #Knicks had to trade @kporzee to clear cap for two max free agents is a joke. Everyone knew this free agent class was loaded years ago, so why did the Knicks dig themselves a cap hole, instead of preparing to sign two max deals, AND KEEP KRISTAPS PORZINGIS???

— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) January 31, 2019
The Knicks’ front office claimed doing the trade with the Mavericks originally was to create cap space for a possible big free agent signing of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant summer of 2019 and dump Hardaway’s and Courtney Lee’s contract but they paid a premium. Not only did they lose out on both guys but they went down the street to play in Barclays Center and take DeAndre Jordan with them. These consistent misses caused President Steve Mills and coach David Fizdale to be without NBA jobs to this day.

KP is still a unicorn
Yes, I know the main reason New York Media outlets believe they won the trade is because Porzingis have missed a ton of games in his tenure as a Maverick. Healthy Porzingis still has major superstar upside. Porzingis’s potential to be a major building block of the future is still high.

Porzingis is not being asked to be the main guy now, he’s a secondary option and possibly can be good enough to be a second option on a contending team if he can put up the stats he had in his sole All-Star season in New York.

It’s no question that if he shows the desire to be elite, he can truly cement himself as an elite big man in today’s NBA. One step in the right direction for Porzingis is next offseason, be able to train without worrying about rehabbing another injury so he can start the season ready to take contact better. Hopefully working on his body and getting a better diet will cause him not to be so injury prone.

In regards to the original trade, even if Porzingis misses some games, Doncic is so good the Mavericks floor can only be so low. It’s doubtful the Knicks will receive a lottery pick. I can confidently say I don’t believe there is no non-lottery pick in the 2022 draft as well as the 2023 draft that will have more talent and upside than Kristaps Porzingis.

The only way Dallas can lose this trade is if something catastrophic happens to Porzingis or the rest of the team. I think Mark Cuban is willing to take on that risk and the Mavericks are better for it.

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Kyle Lowry did not achieve NBA excellence immediately, but his career resumé still shows the checkpoints of an all-timer. On Monday, the long-time Raptors point guard continued another march into the record books.

With his first make from beyond the arc against the Blazers, Lowry passed renowned shooter Dale Ellis for sole possession of 22nd place on Custom Dallas Mavericks Jerseys the all-time 3-point makes list with 1,720. Lowry passed Ellis with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 6:24 left in the first quarter. He finished with 17 points on 5-for-17 shooting (and a 3-for-12 showing on 3-pointers) in Toronto’s 112-111 loss to Portland.

Former Sacramento Kings star Peja Stojakovic is next on the list with 1,760 career 3-pointers. Lowry hasn’t averaged fewer than two 3s a game since the 2014-15 campaign, and has finished in the league’s top 10 in makes from distance in Cheap Dale Ellis Jersey three different seasons.

The 24th pick in the 2006 draft by Memphis, Lowry was later traded to Houston and Toronto. It was with the Raptors that he ultimately became the franchise’s long-term starting point guard, earning six All-Star appearances and serving as the emotional leader of their 2019 championship team.

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This is the fourth of a five-part series chronicling the Dallas Mavericks’ 1980-81 season, their first in the NBA. Today: Brad Davis. Tuesday: Surviving in the Dallas Cowboys’ backyard.

Brad Davis was on the verge of giving up on basketball when the Dallas Mavericks came calling.

Davis had bounced around for a few years playing for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz, and also for the Great Falls Sky of the Western Basketball Association. When the Mavs initially contacted the 6-3 point Wholesale Dallas Mavericks Jerseys guard in hopes of luring him to play for their 1980-81 expansion team, Davis was playing in Alaska for the Anchorage Northern Knights of the Continental Basketball Association.

At the time, Davis said he was only playing for the Knights to earn money to go back and get his college degree at the University of Maryland, where he had already been accepted. Davis was such a prolific player at Maryland that the Lakers made him the No. 15 overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft.

Despite those thoughts of earning his college degree, Davis – with some prodding from Mavs co-founder Norm Sonju, director of player personnel Rick Sund and assistant coach Bob Weiss — opted to give his basketball career one last chance.

“He didn’t get the opportunity (in the NBA) and was clearly disillusioned,” Sonju said of Davis. “I sent Rick Sund up to Alaska to see him, and Rick comes back and loves him, so we signed him.”

Davis first popped up on the Mavs’ radar indirectly via George Karl, who was coaching the CBA’s Montana Golden Nuggets. Karl contacted Sund and wanted him to come scout one of his players.

As it turned out, the game Sund attended was a Golden Nuggets home contest against Davis and the Knights. And Davis played so well that Sund couldn’t wait to get back to Dallas and tell Sonju about this kid from Monaca, Pa.

Sund said: “So I called Brad and introduced myself and said, ‘Brad, would you like to come down to Dallas?’ He said no. He said, ‘I’ve gotten accepted to go to school to finish my degree, and I’m only playing (in Anchorage) to get more money to help pay for my schooling.’ “

The Mavs, however, were persistent, unwilling to take “no” from Davis as his final answer.

“So, Bob Weiss said, ‘You mind if I call him?,’ “Sund said. “I said no, so Bobby called him and said, ‘Hey, I was in a similar situation when I got drafted by somebody and it didn’t work, and I played in the CBA. But I honed all my skills in the CBA and I came back and I was a better player than I was when I came out of college, and I made it in the NBA.’

“Then Bobby says to him, ‘What do you have to lose? You want to come down here, and you’ll make more money with us than you will in the CBA. And then when the second semester begins, if you want to leave (and go back in college in Maryland) you can leave.’ “

Davis agreed to join the Mavs in 1980 during the first week of December when they were approximately two months into the season. By the time January rolled around and it was time for Davis to decide if he was going to return to college or stay with the Mavs, he had become such an immediate hit and fan favorite with the Mavs that he decided to continue his basketball career.

“I just got to thinking,” Davis said. “Then I said, ‘Give it another shot and see what happens.’ “

As decision day for Davis drew closer, the Mavs were on pins and needles because Sonju and Sund weren’t certain what would happen with their young playmaker.

“All along we were thinking, ‘Well, we’re probably going to lose this guy, but at least he’ll get a chance,’ “ Sund said. “But the rest is history. Not only did he come in, he ended up getting the starting job.”

Davis’ story had a fairytale ending with him becoming the first member of the Mavs to have his jersey retired. That memorable occasion occurred on Nov. 14, 1992, nearly 12 years after Davis gave up the cold of Alaska for another shot at NBA stardom.

Upon arrival in Dallas, Davis was met at DFW Airport by Keith Grant, who, at the time, was the Mavs’ equipment manager and one of the team’s 15 front office staff members.

“My job was to pick everybody up at the airport — that was one of my jobs,” Grant said. “They told me we’re bringing in a guard from Anchorage, he’s coming in on Braniff Airline from Anchorage and his name is Brad Davis. I said, ‘OK, thanks for that info.’

“I get to the airport and I pick him up, and Brad and I have been friends ever since. Brad even moved into the apartment complex that I lived in the first year. We both lived in Arlington the first year.”

To this day, Davis and Grant – he’s now the Mavs’ assistant general manager – sit by each other on the team plane and often dine together when the team plays road games as they’ve continued to maintain their close friendship.

But the Mavs’ coaches, adoring fans and front office Cheap Brad Davis Jersey staff weren’t the only ones who fell in love with Davis. Even before he signed his first contract with the Mavs, Davis had already collected at least one unabashed admirer.

“He came to my house and my mother was there,” Sonju said. “My mother is from Norway and was born in 1898 – she died at age 100. So she died 22 years ago, and she saw Brad.

“Remember, she doesn’t know basketball has two halves or four quarters. She sees Brad, and she had a thick Norwegian accent, and she said: “Norman, I think that he is a nice young man. Are you going to sign him?’ We’re laughing, so we signed him.”

Davis recalls his time in Alaska as being “cold and dark.” He said: “In the wintertime it’s almost 24 hours of night, and then in the summertime it’s about 23 hours of daylight. It was weird.

“You walk out of a bar at 1 or 2 in the morning and it looks like it’s 2 in the afternoon.”

By the time his Mavs’ career ended, everything was looking rosy for Davis, who is now the color commentator on the team’s radio broadcast on ESPN. He’s obviously glad he gave his basketball career one last chance.

“He was the epitome of the Mavericks with just the way he played,” Grant said. “He dove on the floor and took charges.”

Along the way, Davis earned the immense respect of many.

“Brad became this solid guy, a fan favorite and a blue-collar type of player as we worked our way up the ladder,” Sund said. “And then Brad ends up getting his jersey retired.”

A fairytale ending, indeed.