Dallas Mavericks Brass Deserves Credit for Turning Team into Contenders

March 15th, 2010 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
The NBA is a game of haves and have-nots. Certain teams seem handicapped from the top down, with a cheap and/or stupid owner who hires cheap and/or stupid GMs who hire stupid coaches who draft stupid and/or bad players. 

GMs like R.C. Buford (Spurs), Sam Presti (Thunder), Kevin Pritchard (Trailblazers), Daryl Morey (Rockets), and Danny Ainge (Celtics) are universally praised for their ability to find good free agent bargains, draft well throughout the entire draft, and put together winning teams. 

And as a Mavericks fan, I have to ask: Why can't us?

Why is GM Donnie Nelson and Co. never mentioned in the same breath as these geniuses, despite a 25-win season from Presti, disappointing playoff exits from Pritchard and Morey, or years of failure followed by a gift-wrapped trade like Ainge?

Sure, the Mavericks aren't necessarily draft-day wizards, as only Josh Howard has really been effective this decade. A trade for Devin Harris is about the only other bright spot before the last year. 

But in the past year, the Mavericks brass has done an incredible job of drafting, signing and trading in order to make the M ...

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