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Mark Cuban, on whether this is a rebuilding year for the Mavericks: ‘Don’t even go there.’

Aug 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

Mark Cuban

The Mavericks were one of the teams that made a pitch to Dwight Howard in free agency, and believed that with Dirk Nowitzki in the fold and with a roster’s worth of cap space available in advance of the 2014-15 season, that they’d be able to build a championship contender around Howard in just two years’ time.

Howard signed with the Rockets, of course, so the Mavericks pursued other options. They signed the likes of Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Samuel Dalembert, among others, in order to try to win immediately after missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons last year.

Mark Cuban believes that his free agent acquisitions were dollars well spent, and doesn’t want to hear anything about next year being one of rebuilding for his Mavericks.

From the Dallas Morning News:

On if this is a rebuilding year:

“Oh no. Hell no. Don’t even go there. Look, there’s no template for winning in the NBA. … Dirk’s got to be healthy and he’s working hard. He’s been in the gym every single day looking great. Then we’ve got to come together as a team. We’ve got Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington, DeJuan Blair. We brought in a lot of really good players and now it’s up to Coach Carlisle to make it all work together.”

I don’t know about Wayne Ellington, but there’s no question that Dallas went out and got some players that the team feels can contribute next season.

As for the failed pursuit of Howard, Cuban said that the team would have been better in the long run had they been able to secure his services. But since that didn’t happen, he believes that the Mavs will be better next season with the multiple players they were able to get instead.

“Now, I think over the long term would we have been better Dwight? That’s why we went after him, but this year, I think we’ll be better.”

It’s tough to say definitively, because we don’t know who Dallas might have been able to get to surround Howard on the roster. But if you have Howard plus Nowitzki and not a whole lot more from a talent perspective, it’s hard to argue with Cuban’s assessment.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    There is a template to win in the NBA. Get a great center, surround him with decent players, pretty good chance to win. The only two teams to win without great centers in a long time were the Bulls and the Heat these past 2 years (they had great forwards who produced like great centers, and some guy named Jordan).

  2. onlyavoice - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Never Cared Much For Dirk. I Used To Think Of Him As The White Carmelo Anthony.
    But As I Got Older & Watched The Game For The Game I Was Wrong About Him.
    The Guy Is Totally Unselfish, A Team Player 1st & Has Played The Game To Win Championships, Not Stats Or Billboard Headlines.
    I Guess I Was A Mavs Fans Without Knowing Because I Would Praise Cuban For Always Changing The Team Looking To Win That Championship.
    I Hope Dirk Gets Another Shot Before He Retires.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM


      Thanks for noticing that Dirk is (far and away) better than Melo.

      Per game or per 36 min’s of court time, Dirk’s stats are much better than Melo’s…

      Per 36 min’s of court time…

      Dirk 16.6 shots and 22.6 pts
      Melo 19.4 shots & 24.8 pts

      Dirk career FG% .475%
      Melo career FG% .456%

      Dirk career 3 pt % .381%
      Melo career 3 pt % .334%

      Dirk career FT% .877%
      Melo career FT% .808%

      Dirk career PER 23.5
      Melo career PER 20.8 (Oh, Chris Bosh’s career PER right now is also 20.8 Melo…)

      Dirk is currently in 48th place all time on the nba true shooting percentage leader board.
      Melo is currently in 199th place…

      Dirk is currently in 19th place all time on the list of PER. Melo is currently in 49th place…

      Dirk 8.2 rebounds per 36 min’s, Melo 6.3 rebounds per 36 mins

      Melo does best him in assists per 36 min’s at 3.0 to Dirk’s 2.6.

      Dirk has fewer turnovers and fouls per 36 mins than Melo and more blocks per 36 mins too.

      I know Dirk’s career PER will most likely slip over the next few yrs but he could end up around 25th or so (hard to tell).

      He’s currently in 21st place on the all time scoring list in the NBA and after this season he should conservatively be in 15th place all time. Then with another season after this upcoming season he should be around 9th place. After that, it depends on his health and how long he continues to play.

      You’ll be looking a man who will be around 7th place on the all time scoring list, around 25th place or so on the all time PER list, in the top 70 in all time true shooting percentage leaders (he’s currently 48th, am allowing for slippage – as an FYI, MICHAEL JORDAN is currently in 73rd place and LARRY BIRD is currently in 90th place).

      No matter how one slices Dirk’s career when he’s done, it will have been one of the best ever.

  3. elcapitanfiscal - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    I live in Dallas, and a diehard Mavs fan. Dirk is a God in this town.

    He is unselish, a hard worker, and loyal to the Mavs.

    When they won over the heat I was so happy for him.

    He is one of the alltime best, and pretty much the only player of his kind ever.

  4. 2016olympics - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Dirk in shape and ready for a full season + Ellis + Calderon = playoff team

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    I got DAL as a 12th seed.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      are the Lakers 13th or 11th then?

  6. saint1997 - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I think the Mavs would be VERY interesting if they got Dennis Schröder. Another German and a pass first player that would perfectly mesh with Ellis and Nowitzki

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Atlanta is very high on Schroder and are not giving him up. He looked good at Summer League.

      • saint1997 - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:01 AM

        surely they would be attempting to shop Teague at first opportunity available then, right?

  7. stephenolszewski - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Clearly he struck out on getting a star, Ellis is a good player but we all know he was a compensation prize

  8. spursareold - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Third rebuilding year in a row, Mark.

  9. skids003 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    In other words, Cuban has done his job, it’s up to his coach to make it work. What a butthead.

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