It’s time for the Mavericks to embrace the darkside. Dallas is sitting on a six game losing streak with a record of 2-11, worst in the NBA. They’re 0-4 in their division and 1-7 against Western Conference teams. Dirk Nowitzki has only played in three games, Deron Williams in only six, JJ Barea is out for six weeks and now Andrew Bogut is nursing a calf injury. The Mavericks are dead last in team offense with 90.7 PPG on 40.7% shooting. They also rank 29 out of 30 in three point shooting at 31.0%.

The time has come for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks to tank the season and take a shot at winning the draft lottery. It’s a shame to waste one of the final seasons (if not the final season) in Dirk Nowitzki’s career but you have to start rebuilding now. Dallas will have an extremely difficult decision to make as they hold a $25 million team option on Dirk for next year. Loyalty says you need to opt-in if Dirk wants to play (he’s taken lesser money along the way similar to Wade to help his franchise) but from a basketball stand point you have to opt-out. With Harrison Barnes and Wes Matthews the only major salaries committed to in the future, you need to take Dirk’s money and reinvest into a youth movement.

Assuming you opt out or convince Dirk to retire, you’ll have $45 million coming off the books between him, Williams and Bogut. If the Mavericks strike the jackpot and gain the #1 pick of the draft they’ll be able to add someone like: Josh Jackson (SF Kansas), Lonzo Ball (PG UCLA) or Markelle Fultz (PG Washington). It’s not a playoff team by any stretch but you’re on your way to something better than what you have now. The Mavericks have an average team age of 28.6, 4th oldest in NBA. The teams that are older are all great: Cavaliers, Clippers and Spurs.


QUICK NOTES

♦ Let’s assume that shooting 33% from 3 point range is the line of demarkation between being a good 3 point shooter or not. Traditionally the math has been if you shoot 33% from 3 it’s the equivalent of shooting 50% from 2. I think the line should be closer to 38% but whatever let’s go with it. If 33% makes you good, then obviously below 30% makes you bad and depending on the number of attempts per game that can make you extremely ineffective. As of 12pm on November 22nd, there are 9 players who are shooting below 30% while having attempted more than 50 threes (4 per game roughly). Dion Waiters and Jeff Green are one miss away from joining this list.

  • Tony Snell (19-64, 29.7%)
  • Jeff Teague (15-53, 28.3%)
  • Sergio Rodriguez (15-55, 27.3%)
  • Patrick Patterson (17-64, 26.6%)
  • Eric Bledsoe (15-57, 26.3%)
  • Trey Lyles (15-57, 26.3%)
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (14-54, 25.9%)
  • Buddy Hield (16-65, 24.6%)
  • Robert Covington (21-86, 24.4%)

♦ Vince Carter is still rolling even at the ripe old age of 39 in his 18th season. He’s averaging 10 points a game and currently is the 29th leading scorer in NBA history. Assuming he plays the remainder of the season without injury (at his current scoring clip) he’s due for 680 more points. If he reaches that mark he’ll be at 24,788 passing Allen Iverson and Ray Allen in the process and just 30 points short of Patrick Ewing at #26. Vinsanity, aka Half Man, Half Amazing is truly a national treasure, he’s the reason I wore #15 in high school and my entire senior year I wore his original Nike Shox BB4 shoes. Easily one of my favorite players of all time along with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Penny Hardaway & Shaquille O’Neal.screen-shot-112216-8-10-pm-3

♦ In other news, Steve Francis was recently arrested and charged with felony retaliation after allegedly threatening a police officer following a traffic stop. The report also states there could be an added misdemeanor DWI charge as well. Francis was allegedly “belligerent” during the incident. Life is rough for Francis right now who is also facing burglary charge in Florida. Quite the trifecta for the former Houston Rockets All-Star guard. His attorney is none other than Rusty Hardin the lawyer who defended Roger Clemens and Adrian Peterson.

♦ The biggest loser this week in the NBA market was none other than Under Armour. The apparel and shoe company reported losses of -4% on their stock after the retailer Foot Locker said that sales of the Steph Curry is performing below expectations. You may think 4% is nothing but you’d be dead wrong. According to Darren Rovell’s report that 4% is worth $600 million. He also states that the Curry product line equals 5% ($200M) of the Under Armour ‘s total annual sales. Are we really surprised though?

Look at how ugly those shoes are. We also have the “Dad Shoes” debacle of last year with the Steph Curry II Lows. Of course there was going to be a huge boost when Curry first launched his line but now he’s comping against positive performance. There’s more competition every year and Nike continues to roll out new lines that are head and shoulders better than Under Armour. Taking Jordan brand aside, you have Kobe, LeBron, Durant and Kyrie all with superior designs and performance.


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Title Contenders

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. San Antonio Spurs

Playoff Bound

  1. Atlanta Hawks
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. Charlotte Hornets
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Toronto Raptors
  8. Boston Celtics
  9. Portland Trailblazers
  10. Indiana Pacers

Pergatory

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
  2. Orlando Magic
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Detroit Pistons
  5. Los Angeles Lakers
  6. Utah Jazz
  7. Washington Wizards
  8. Miami Heat

Lottery

  1. Brooklyn Nets
  2. Philadelphia 76ers
  3. Denver Nuggets
  4. Sacramento Kings
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves
  6. New Orleans Pelicans
  7. Phoenix Suns
  8. Dallas Mavericks