The Dallas Mavericks have had their fair share of international players. From Steve Nash to Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks have been able to not only draft these amazing international players but do so without high draft picks.
In this article, we have formed a team of players who were born outside of the United States and have played for the Dallas Mavericks.
Steve Nash has gone down as one of the best point guards and most disrespected players of all time.
In his prime, Nash was a 2x MVP and turned the Phoenix Suns into a powerhouse team. Alongside Mike D’Antoni, they created the “7 seconds or less” offense and during the 04-05 season, the Suns would score a blistering 110.4 points per game in a slow-paced era. Before he would break out with the Suns, Nash played alongside Dirk Nowitzki on the Dallas Mavericks.
During his time in Dallas, Nash would have great production and made a couple of all-star teams due to it. Though Nash would never win a ring in his career, it was still a fun one to watch and his basketball IQ and playmaking abilities are one of the greatest that we have ever witnessed in the NBA.
Luka Doncic has quickly turned into one of the best players in the league and the scariest part about his game is that he has is yet to hit his prime.
Drafted third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, he would be immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Trae Young and a future pick in a trade that will go down as a win-win for both organizations.
Luka’s highlight-filled play has caught the eyes of many from all over the world and it looks as if he will put together a Hall-of-Fame worthy career.
Peja is one of the most underappreciated players of the 2000s era and the Serbian should be talked about more when mentioning some of the best shooters in league history.
Drafted by the Sacramento Kings, Peja would quickly assert his dominance in the league as he was a 20-point scorer by just his third season. His best year came 2003-04 season where he would average 24.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as well as shoot 48% from the field, 43.3% from three, and 92.7% from the free-throw line.
The Sacramento Kings would go 55-27 this year and Peja would make the all-star team, an all-NBA team and finish 4th in MVP voting this season. After his time with the Kings, Peja would go on to play for the Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets, and Toronto Raptors before signing with the Dallas Mavericks after being bought out by the Raptors.
Peja would finally capture a championship during the 2010-11 season and would ride off into the sunset as he would retire at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and would eventually have his jersey retired by the Sacramento Kings.
Dirk Nowitzki changed the Dallas Mavericks franchise forever and has gone down as one of the greatest Power Forwards in NBA history. During his prime years, Dirk was an uber-efficient big man and one of the best players in the league. Looking at his career accolades, he made the all-star team and was selected to an All-NBA team 14 times and 12 times, respectively.
He was the NBA MVP in 2007 and would lead the Mavericks to their first championship in franchise history in a postseason that saw them beat the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the OKC Thunder who were led by the young trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, and the Big-3 Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Looking at statistics, in his MVP year, Dirk became the 2nd player in NBA history to average at least 20 points per game in a season on 50% from the field, 40% from three, and 90% from the free-throw line with the first being Larry Bird. Dirk is 6th all-time in total points scored and is the only 7-footer to be top 50 in total three-pointers made.
All in all, Dirk had an exquisite career. He is a lock to make the Hall of Fame and his career will be talked about for a very, very long time.
Kristaps’ career has been off to an up-and-down start but, it seems as if he is starting to find his groove on the Mavericks.
Porzingis was drafted 4th overall by the New York Knicks in the 2015 NBA draft and this pick was booed by Knicks fans due to the unfamiliarity of him. He would immediately silence the critics with his play and would end up being selected to the all-star team in just his 3rd season.
He wouldn’t get to play in that all-star game though as he would suffer a Torn ACL injury just weeks before it. That game where he tore his ACL would also be his last as a member of the New York Knicks as they would end up trading him alongside other players to the Dallas Mavericks to clear cap space.
This season was Porzingis’ first year back from his injury and for most of the year, his play was very rocky. It looked like he had trouble gelling with the team and after not playing basketball for over a year, you could see that he was rusty. It’s seemed as if this rust has been shaken off as, over his last 13 games played, he is averaging 25.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on 46.5% from the field and 36.4% from the three-point line.
If Kristaps can stay healthy, the duo of him and Luka should be deadly and looking at their ages, it should be deadly for many years to come.