Assembling the Dallas Mavericks' All-Time Starting Lineup

Assembling the Dallas Mavericks' All-Time Starting Lineup

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Since joining the NBA just before the 1980-81 season, the Dallas Mavericks have been blessed with a lot of talent over the years that has been able to get Dallas to the postseason repeatedly, including an NBA Finals victory in the 2010-11 season. If you had to create an all-time starting lineup for the Mavs, who would you choose? Here's my starting five. Feel free to add yours if you wish.

5. PG: Steve Nash

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5. PG: Steve Nash

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The Mavs have had many with great point guards like Jason Kidd, Derek Harper and Brad Davis, but the best to suit up for the Mavs was Steve Nash. After arriving in a draft-day trade in 1998, Nash and a fellow international player, who will be discussed later, changed the fortunes of the franchise. Before Nash's arrival, the Mavs missed the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons. With Nash, the Mavs made the playoffs four straight times from 2000-03.

4. SG: Rolando Blackman

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4. SG: Rolando Blackman

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Michael Finley or Jason Terry would be a good choice here at shooting guard, but my pick goes to Rolando Blackman. He was one of best two-guards in the NBA during his 11-year Mavs career. In the 1980s, his teams made the postseason six times and he became the Mavs all-time leader in points scored by a backcourt player (16,643). His record stood for 18 yards until it was broken in 2008.

3. SF: Mark Aguirre

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3. SF: Mark Aguirre

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The No. 1 overall pick in the 1981 draft, Mark Aguirre was one of, if not the best, pre-Mark Cuban Mavs. Aguirre was the centerpiece of the loaded Mavs’ teams of the 1980s and one of the best frontcourt players of the decade. In his seven and a half seasons with the Mavs, Aguirre scored 13,930 points, placing him third in franchise history. Aguirre made three All-Star teams with Dallas before being traded to Detroit for Adrian Dantley.

2. PF: Dirk Nowitzki

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2. PF: Dirk Nowitzki

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Undoubtedly the best player in Mavs’ history, Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs to their only two NBA Finals series, finally winning a title in 2011. After being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and dealt to Dallas, Nowitzki started turning Dallas into a contender. Facing the heavily favored Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, Dirk carried the Mavs to victory, averaging 26 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 2.0 apg en route to the NBA Finals MVP award.

1. C: Tyson Chandler

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1. C: Tyson Chandler

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The cover is bare at center for the Mavs, so I am choosing Tyson Chandler as my starting center. Although he only played one season in Dallas, Chandler was a key figure in Dallas' title run. Chandler locked down the paint in the finals, stopping Miami's penetration. During the 2011 NBA Finals, Chandler led all players in rebounds and scored double-figures three times. In 2014, Chandler returns to Dallas after being traded from New York.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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