Mavs Draft-Day Donuts: Facts, Scoops, Rumors
DONUT 1: Mavs at 'the delta' ...
The Dallas Mavericks find themselves in a "popular'' place and in "the delta'' of the draft, says Mavs GM Donnie Nelson.
"That area (No. 17) is very popular because it's a delta area, it's where the talent breaks," Nelson said. "It's like bass fishing: you go for those deltas and where the shoreline breaks that's where you cast your line. We're kind of in that area."
DONUT 2: The scoop on moving up ...
DallasBasketball.com has learned that the Mavs have put down groundwork to move into the top 11 in tonight's NBA draft, and in fact can pull triggers on deals depending on the availability of a handful of players.
That's not speculation. That's fact.
Who are the targeted names? Well, at this early point, that will have to be speculation on my part.
My educated guess is that if Dallas stays at 17, Arnett Moultrie, the PF from Mississippi State, will be a serious consideration. I'm thinking targets like Terrence Jones and Kendall Marshall might be gone by then.
"With the parity that exists,'' Donnie said this afternoon, "we'll probably just stay right there.''
Well, maybe. But in this deep draft, if Dallas can escape "the delta'' at 17 and move into the top-11 delta?
Let's speculate again ... on 6-7 2-guard Terrence Ross or UConn swingman Jeremy Lamb.
DONUT 3: Dirk Speaks ...
In a visit with KTCK (transcribed by the DMN), The UberMan talked openly about DeronQuest:
We'd love to get D-Will in here,'' he said. "That's no secret. If you look at the league now, if you look at those top teams, they all have two or three playmakers you can hand the ball to and they do their thing. We just need to get better. I think we have some question marks going into the summer. We signed Rick (Carlisle) for four years so we got that out of the way. Now, it's time to get some players in here and get better. I always said we're not happy losing in the first round. We feel like we need to compete every year at the highest. We'll see what happens."
And yes, Dirk has a relationship with Deron.
"I know him,'' Nowitzki said. "I obviously competed with him in the All-Star game. That's really the only time you get to spend a little time off the court with somebody. When he played in Utah, he was in the West so we were in same locker room a little bit. He's a good dude. He's a competitor. He's one of the one of the best point guards in this league. He's athletic. He can shoot. He can get to the basket. He can pass. He's a great all-around weapon. We'd love to have him run the show here. We'll see what he decides. I hope we have a good shot. He's from here. His mom lives here. He likes it here. He loves golf, and we have great golf courses. We have a great organization, great fans, and a great owner that makes stuff happen all the time. I really think we have as good a shot as Brooklyn has."
DONUT 4: Meanwhile, in The Hamptons ...
Kidd owns a $6 mil home there. He and Deron are pals who love golf. And that's where they are today, doing a little Twitter Trolling along the way.
Deron Williams?: "Just finished playing East Hampton Golf Club with Jason Kidd. Let the speculation begin?????''
Kidd: "Deron Williams, since you won that means we're going to _________''
Are the rest of us having fun yet?
DONUT 5: The Mavs are Euro-Bound...
The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason game against 17-time Spanish Champions FC Barcelona Regal of the Euroleague on Oct. 9, 2012 at the Palau Sant Jordi as part of NBA Europe Live 2012.
The sixth edition of the NBA Europe Live Tour continues the tradition of NBA teams travelling to the continent to play in a series of preseason games against top Euroleague opposition.
Barcelona will be the final stop of a four-game tour as part of NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA. The 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics tip-off the tour with a game against five-time Turkish Champions Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 5 at the state-of-the-art Ulker Sports Arena. Prior to the game in Barcelona, the Dallas Mavericks will play a game against eight-time German Champions Alba Berlin at the highly successful O2 World in Berlin on Oct. 6.
How much to the locals want to see The UberMan? Tickets for that game sold out in 38 minutes.
DONUT 6: The Odom 3-way ...
A three-way involving Lamar Odom? DB.com got the Clippers part, ESPN has Utah involved and our David Lord has the concept breakdown coming up. For now, know this: If Dallas does this deal by Friday (that is, before Odom's contract deadline), all the Mavs get is a TE worth about $8 mil ... and that TE cannot be used to acquire Deron. It can be a consolation prize to acquire other people that Deron ... but that's not much of a consolation prize, is it?
DONUT 7: Follow Fish and the Mavs on tonight on Twitter! ...
DONUT 8: Planting the Nash seed ...
We asked Donnie about Steve Nash as a Plan B option and he avoided the question because of a looming $1 million fine for tampering by mentioning names in that way.
"Believe me I would love to (talk freely). But I can't touch any of that. There's a million reasons why I can't touch that.''
That's a yes.
Nash averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists this past season, but you can get those numbers off the back of a bubble-gum trading card.
Want real Nash numbers on the two-time MVP? Check out the work of our man Kammrath:
It's amazing how underrated Nash still is even after two MVP awards. The man is amazing and is playing at an extremely high and consistent level and has shown no signs of truly slowing down.
He posted a PER as good as Deron (20.3) shot an amazing 53%, 39%, and 89%, played 31 minutes a game and dished out an almost career high 12.2 assists per 36 minutes while playing with crappy teammates.
What about defense? He had an amazing +13.35 adjusted +/- and a +11.02 unadjusted +/-. He was also +2.93 on defense, meaning that the Suns gave up 2.93 LESS points per 100 possessions when Nash was on the floor, rather than off. Nash has become a very smart and hard working defender, which has overcome his lack of natural gifts in the area.
Kammrath concludes: "Nash is going to get a big contract. And the numbers say he deserves one.''
DONUT 9: DB.com on TV and radio today ...
Here's the schedule:
*6 p.m. hour with Richie and Greggo on 105.3 The Fan, live from The Fan Sports Lounge across from the AAC (and yes, you're invited).
*6:50 with Gina Miller on TXA21 live from the AAC.
*Back to the Fan Sports Lounge with Mavs updates throughout the night with Chris Arnold and Mike Bacsik.
DONUT 10: The 200-Inch TV screen! ...
The gang at Red Rock Bar & Grill know how to throw a party, that's all I'm sayin'. Live music, sports on the big-big-big screen, and crazy love for the Mavs. What more do you want?
DONUT 11: David Lord on the Rockets' pursuit of greatness ...
The fact that Houston wants Dwight Howard and will risk whatever it takes to get him is well-chronicled and almost certainly accurate. Whether Orlando has any interest in a much different question ...and how Orlando might play it is very murky, since they have a new GM with no track record.
I'm not even sure what the offer would be. Martin, Scola, maybe Daly and/or Lowry ...and then some picks in the teens? Is there any potential for anything special in any of that?
As for whether he would play in Houston for a year - well yeah, he'd have no choice. Would he stay in Houston? From all accounts the Rox would roll the dice that initial reluctance would later turn to acceptance ... and maybe they feel that his desire for the full Bird deal will overcome whatever other obstacles there may be.
He reportedly would have no interest in doing so. But he's changed his mind in the past, so who knows?
Do I think the Rox would be elite with him and nothing more? I can't see that as an improvement on the Magic he's played with recently. Would that change if Houston elbows its way into the Deron mix? How likely is that?
I will say this: Houston's draft-relation moving-and-shaking deserves credit. In their own way, the Rockets are swinging for the same fences the Mavs are. We haven't understood why folks have scoffed at the Mavs attempts for six months, so we won't scoff at the Rockets now.
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
With the shift in the CBA and money so tight, this draft begins a stretch where the Mavs have to get it right like they haven't in quite a while.
It's worthy to note that the Mavs track record in picking a guard in the last half of the first round or later is miserable, with the pick of the litter being a player (Roddy B) who after three seasons still can't get in the rotation for playoff games ...and that's the BEST they've done, with a slew of guards being selected then ending up in Europe because they aren't NBA caliber, with others doing nothing more than take a paycheck from Cuban to ride the bench for years and then get waived.
Tonight's gotta be better. The CBA demands it.