DeJuan Blair: Dallas Mavericks See Value in Former San Antonio Spur

By Elaine J. Dispo
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DeJuan Blair has a great deal to appreciate and motivate him as he goes full force with the Dallas Mavericks.

This NBA center has contributed considerably to his new team after his first four years in the league with the San Antonio Spurs.

While the last good thing that he got out of playing for San Antonio was winning the 2013 Western Conference Championship and advancing to another NBA Finals appearance, he spent that season with less playing time than he was used to in his previous two seasons.

Clearly, the world class Spurs did not see Blair’s worth.

Just like I would think that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would regret letting defensive coordinator Rob Ryan go after his new team, the New Orleans Saints marched all over them at the NFL Week 10 Sunday Night Football showdown, I would not be surprised if this other Texas team regrets getting rid of Blair.

At least the Mavs acknowledge the value in Blair. If he keeps this up and shoots to score success throughout the 2013-14 season, it would be nice to keep him around past his one-year contract. Blair is grateful to have found in this Big D.

“Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure… Everything everybody’s been saying is all fuel to what I’m doing right now and I’m just trying to be consistent.”

Bearing in mind Blair’s words post-shoot around when Dallas did wonders on the Washington Wizards, I cherish this Maverick as the center who deserves to start more than Samuel Dalembert.

Out of the first eight games that Dallas has played so far this season, Blair has racked up more points than the starting center in five games. Dalembert has scored more than Blair in only two of the games, and in one of the games they tied in points.

Blair definitely is not garbage, and he will show San Antonio how wrong the franchise was to dump him.

The “silver Spurs’ lining” is that they are the best of the West at 7-1, only being topped by the East’s Indiana Pacers, who lead the league being undefeated after eight games.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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