Top 6 Dallas Mavericks Who Should Appear in NBA 2014 All-Star Game
Dallas Mavericks Who Should Shoot for the NBA All-Stars
'Tis the season, that time of year to cheer is here!
I mean the NBA season, and this is the time of year to rock the vote!
Yes, NBA All-Stars shine upon us, and the voting countdown has begun.
As of press time, we have 63 days until the 63rd NBA All-Star voting draws to a close.
With the 2014 NBA All-Star Game coming up on Feb. 16, 2014, we fans have until Jan. 20, 2014, to vote daily for our favorite players to represent both the Western and Eastern Conferences. From our technological devices, we have our choices of casting our votes from the NBA.com website, the NBA Game Time smartphone app, social media and through text messages. Or we could go old school and snail mail our ballots. Therefore, the sky is the limit for our fave ballers to reach the All-Stars. An incentive of voting would be entering the sweepstakes to win accommodations to New Orleans, La., for All-Star Weekend.
Just as we basketball fans can exercise the right to vote, the Dallas Mavericks have the right to have strong representation on the New Orleans Arena court (home hardwood of the New Orleans Pelicans). It is up to us to get them to the floor, full force.
Three Mavericks are on the ballot, and we MFFL (Mavs Fans for Life) can write in additional votes.
Here, I will show you the six Dallas world class players who deserve All-Stars honors and reasons why for this season. Since not all of these championship contenders are featured on the official ballot, their names can be found in the "write in vote."
I rally you to vote for the Mavs to rep the West in this season's All Stars. May our wishes, "hoop dreams" and "hoop hopes" come true.
5. DeJuan Blair, Center
While this Western Conference champ from the San Antonio Spurs is not in the Mavs' starting lineup, he actually has scored more points per game on average compared to starting center Samuel Dalembert. Within only 20 and a half minutes per game, he has managed to score an average of 8.8 points per game during the first 11 games this season, as opposed to Dalembert's seven and-a-half points in just over 23 minutes. Why he has not replaced Dalembert at starting center is still something I cannot wrap my head around. What I do know is that "Los Spurs" took him for granted, but let us hope that the voters do not and write him in for his first All-Star appearance.
4. Jose Calderon, Point Guard
During his first season with Dallas, this new starting point guard deserves to shine in his first All-Stars. At the beginning of this season, he has played an average of over 32 minutes and scored an average of almost 11 points per game.
3. Shawn Marion, Small Forward
This four-time All-Star is not called "The Matrix" for nothing. He works well in both offense and defense. So far this season, he has racked up averages of playing over 32 minutes and scoring over 12 points per game, and as long as he remains healthy, he would make a great contributor to the West in this year's All Stars.
2. Dirk Nowitzki, Power Forward
No. 2 on this list now is No. 16 on the NBA All-Time leading scorers, only behind two other active league players Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) and Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics), at Nos. 4 and 14, respectively. This other half of my Nowellis Dynamic Duo has appeared in the All-Stars for 11 straight seasons, from 2002-12, and should be elected back to the West squad again.
1. Monta Ellis, Shooting Guard
This new half of my Nowellis Dynamic Duo is showing Mavs Nation and Mavs fans all over that his "Monta Ball" works, so he might as well show the world by being welcomed into the All-Stars Western Conference team. During his first season with Dallas, he has played an average of over 37 minutes per game and scored an average of 22 points so far. As the 2006-07 Most Improved Player, he is performing at a much higher level than his past three seasons, during which he had a brief stint with the Milwaukee Bucks, who he joined after his long-time team, the Golden State Warriors.