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What Does History Say Mavs Get At 13?
PRE-DONUT: Karl and Kobe ...
The Dallas Mavericks have a lot of season-ending papers to be shuffled here.
There is Game 82, the Wednesday-night season-ender against a bad Hornets team, Dallas with the chance to finish 41-41. There is math to be done on the record-setters, like fresh-faced Mr. 25K/9K and Vince, now the No. 27 all-time scorer in the NBA. There is the issue of Mark Cuban's recalculations as it involves his strategies in rebuilding. There are decisions to be made on the likes of O.J. Mayo, as detailed in this terrific Premium piece by Michael Dugat. ... decisions made even more compelling by coach Rick Carlisle's blasting of Mayo's no-show effort in Monday's loss to Memphis:
(That, by the way, isn't just a pissed-off coach. That's also a "dissapointed dad.'')
Also on the agenda: There is the draft.
It's locked in now; Dallas will own the No. 13 position in the lottery, likely leading to the 13th pick in June's NBA Draft, and certainly there is a way to hit the jackpot there.
It was done with Karl. It was done with Kobe.
Of course, you've got to reach back almost 30 years to collect the two massive success stories.
It is also worth noting that being too specific to The History of 13 is a mistake, in the sense that there are dozens of players taken after 13 -- players available at 13 but selected later -- who will also be sitting there.
Somebody in this Draft taken 13 or after will be a star. Maybe a handful of somebodies. Mid-rounders make teams. Second-rounders make teams. There is a way to do this ... and there is a history of guys who make it and who don't.
DONUT 1: 2012 Kendall Marshall ...
The North Carolina guard is playing for Phoenix, averaging 13 minutes a game with 2.8 points and 2.7 assists per game.
DONUT 2: 2011 Markieff Morris ...
Another member of the Suns, the Kansas product is averaging 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds as a part-time starter on the Western Conference's worst team.
DONUT 3: 2010 Ed Davis ...
Traded by Toronto to Memphis in the Rudy Gay deal, the 6-10 North Carolina product has a chance to be a success story. His career averages of 7.4 points and 6.4 rebounds offer bench support to a good Grizzlies program.
DONUT 4: 2009 Tyler Hansbrough ...
Another North Carolina guy! The rough-housing Tyler Hansbrough gets 17 minutes a game with the Pacers and have career averages of nine points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
DONUT 5: 2008 Brandon Rush ...
Rush was selected 13th overall by Portland in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was then traded to the Pacers. In 2011, Rush was traded to the Warriors for forward Louis Amundson. And last summer, he re-signed with the Warriors on a two-year $8 million contract only to see his season cut short with a serious knee injury sustained in November.
DONUT 6: 2007 Julian Wright ...
In his rookie season in the NBA, Wright averaged 3.9 points a game and 2.1 rebounds a game for the Hornets. Wright was traded to the Raptors (for Marco Belinelli) in 2011. He conflicted with coaches there, and is now bouncing around the outskirts of the game, the Kansas product having signed with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League and with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israel in recent months.
DONUT 7: 2006 Thabo Sefolosha ...
He was taken with the 13th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and then traded to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th pick (Rodney Carney) and cash.
At the 2009 February trade deadline, Sefolosha was swapped by the Bulls to the Thunder for a first-round draft pick. Sefolosha has blossed with OKC as an All-NBA Defensive honoree and a key piece on a title contender.
DONUT 8: 2005 Sean May ...
One of four Tar Heels to be lottery picks in the 2005 NBA Draft, May averaged seven points a game over four NBA seasons that were impacted by injuries. The burly forward spent three years in Charlotte and one year in Sacramento and now plays professionally in France.
DONUT 9: 2004 Sebastian Telfair ...
The high-schooler-turned-pro has made eight NBA stops since being selected by Portland. The 6-0 guard, now with Toronto, will likely be more remembered for his storied schoolboy career in Brooklyn that for anything he does as a pro.
DONUT 10: 2003 Marcus Banks ...
The UNLV guard was drafted by Memphis for Boston, the first of his six NBA stops. He averaged six points per game in the league and has recently played for the D-League's Idaho Stampede and for Panathinaikos Athens.
DONUT 11: 2002 Marcus Haislip ...
Taken out of Tennessee by Milwaukee, Haislip is the definition of "well-traveled.'' To wit: He's played with the Bucks, the Pacers, Ülkerspor, Efes Pilsen, Unicaja Málaga, the Spurs, Panathinaikos, Caja Laboral, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the Foshan Dralions, and presently, the Dongguan Leopards.
DONUT 12: 2001 Richard Jefferson ...
The former Arizona star was a key piece of the Nets' fine teams of the early 2000's and remains in the NBA, now with the Warriors, with a career average of 15.8 points per game.
DONUT 13: 2000 Courtney Alexander ...
And "The Mavs at 13'' comes full circle.
He was the nation's leading scorer at Fresno State and then was selected by Orlando) for Dallas in 2000. He was averaging four points a game as a rookie in Dallas before he was traded with Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught, Etan Thomas and Hubert Davis to Washington for Juwan Howard, Obinna Ekezie and Calvin Booth.
The acquisition of Alexander worked for Dallas in the sense that it was a building block ... that led to a building block ... that led to legit contention.
But Alexander the player washed out after three NBA seasons. ... a player chosen by the Mavs at 13 that didn't quite work out ... and part of a long list of "The History Of 13'' that makes the future of 13 seem a bit dubious.
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