Dallas Mavericks Blow Huge Lead, Hold Off Feisty Celtics

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Dallas, TX: The AAC was rocking as the Mavs reutrned from their brief road trip to New Orleans looking to push their winning streak to three games against the Boston Celtics. Much like their home opener, the Mavs raced out to a towering lead, only to watch it melt away in yet another third quarter letdown – the primary storyline for the team as a whole through its first four games.

Dallas may have squandered all but one of its 31-point lead but more than anything what stood out to me was the grit that both teams played with. Give credit to the Celtics for coming out of the half firing despite a big deficit. Brad Stevens has done a great job with his young team, rallying the troops time and time again despite Dallas runs that continously pushed the lead back to double digits. In the end, it was simply too much to overcome. Mavs 118, Celtics 113. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Fall In Season Opener

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The NBA season opened with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the new look Dallas Mavericks. And while the game might have gotten off to an ugly start, the champs looked every bit the part and edge the visiting Mavs 101-100.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

For Mavs fans, the good news is that the team really had a chance to win this one. In his Mavs debut, the $46 million man, Chandler Parsons was just 2-of-10 from the floor for five points, had four rebounds and two steals to go along with zero assists in 33 minutes. The team’s chemistry looked out of sorts – which is to be expected – and STILL had the final shot with a chance to steal one. [Read more…]

Project Shanks NBA Preview: Southwest Division

By Matthew Carpenter
PSDC Writer



Since the NBA realigned to six divisions in 2004, this might be the best division ever assembled. All five teams have the ability to make the playoffs. It will be fun to watch and is really difficult to project.

Projected Order of Finish

1. Spurs. The coolest thing about the Spurs’ 2013-14 regular season run is that they won 62 games and had no player average more than 30 minutes-per-game. (Tom Thibodeau please take note.) I won’t hide my bias. Gregg Popovich is my favorite coach in any professional sport in my lifetime. If you’re into stats, check out just how valuable Pop has been to his team relative to win expectancy.

Say ‘Hello’ to: (assistant coach) Becky Hammon. This is only a cool story because it’s not a gimmick. I know very little about Hammon but I know GM R.C. Buford and Pop wouldn’t hire her if it didn’t help the team.

Outlook: No one manages a roster better than Pop, but he can’t control Father Time. In the playoffs, will San Antonio have 2012 Manu Ginobli or 2013 Manu? Sure the emergence of Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills helps age-related concerns, but each year the core gets older, the tighter the fingers are crossed. They’re a team capable of another title run, but matching last season’s greatness will be a tall order. [Read more…]

Mavs Fast Break with Chris Stuckey & Darreck Kirby


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With the NBA season on the horizon, Chris Stuckey and Darreck Kirby get you ready for another season of Dallas Mavericks coverage on ProjectShanks.com with the debut of Mavs Fast Break. Topics discussed on the inaugural podcast include:

– Tyson Chandler’s return to the Mavs
– Impact of Chandler Parson’s acquisition
– Point guard rotation
– Replacing Shawn Marion
– Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes
– Can Dallas contend for the title this season or are they still a year away?
– Projecting the Western Conference
– Final impressions heading into the season

The Dallas Mavericks get the regular season started Tuesday in enemy territory as they head to San Antonio to take the rival Spurs. Tune into TNT at 7:00 p.m. for all the action.

Follow Stuckey on Twitter: @TheChrisStuckey
Follow Darreck on Twitter: @DarreckWKirby

Chandler Parsons Shows Promise in Preseason Debut

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

In the team’s preseason debut Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks small forward and star acquisition, Chandler Parsons, flashed the potential that led the Mavs to sign him to a three-year, $46 million deal this July. Scoring 13 points in 24 minutes, Chandler showed the home crowd a little bit of everything. He attacked the rim, he knocked down the long ball, took a charge – everything you could ask from a guy in a preseason game.


While the rest of the game was far from pretty – a combined 81 fouls, 109 free throws and 48 turnovers – Parsons and fellow wingman Monta Ellis still showed their games could gel nicely together. With Parsons’ versatility and Ellis’ playmaking, Dallas looks to have one of the best 1-2 punches on the perimeter this season. [Read more…]

Mavs Introduce New Players, Jerseys

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

DALLAS – Tuesday afternoon, Mark Cuban unveiled his newest additions; six of his now eight new players (Charlie Vilanueva’s non-guaranteed contract wasn’t yet official and Richard Jefferson was…?), as well as the newest alternate jerseys designed by Mavs fan Geoff Case. Case’s design was selected out of more than 1,000 entries, and features the Dallas skyline as its backdrop. Since entering the contest, Geoff Case has left the digitial marketing field and opened the design company 1 Man Agency. He received $1,000 and season tickets as his prize.


The idea behind Case’s design is that players will “pop” their jersey fronts to represent their city. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Schedule Breakdown

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

With the NBA releasing its schedule this past week, there has been a rash of anticipation for the upcoming season. The Dallas Mavericks, in particular, will have an opportunity to make an early impression, taking on the defending champion Spurs on opening night. The Mavs, winners of the offseason, just behind to the Cleveland Cavaliers, of course, will take their retooled roster into San Antonio to watch their rivals get their rings. While Dallas will surely be underdogs in this contest, they will have plenty of chances to make a statement on the big stage as they will appear in approximately 20 nationally televised games.


Vegas currently has the Mavs at 40/1 odds to win the title this year, placing them behind the likes of Cleveland, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Los Angeles (Clippers) and the Houston Rockets. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Continue Making Moves

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Although the core of the Dallas Mavericks roster was set a couple of weeks ago, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Donnie Nelson, along with team owner, Mark Cuban, have continued to shake things up. Not only did the Mavericks add a solid pair of players Wednesday evening, but they did so after beginning their day with a disappointing setback.


After signing with Dallas this past Saturday, Rashard Lewis, a player Cuban has been trying to acquire for over 10 years now, discovered during his team physical a troublesome knee that will require surgery. While the severity of the injury isn’t known, it was enough for the Mavs to void the contract and get back to placing calls. What they found was the icing on the cake for what has unquestionably been the greatest offseason in franchise history. With their midlevel exception (MLE), Dallas signed former All Star point guard, Jameer Nelson to a two-year, $6 million deal with a player option in year two – a fantastic value for a player of Nelson’s quality. [Read more…]

Chandler Parsons Completes New Look Mavs

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

It’s been an eventful offseason for the Dallas Mavericks, just as it’s loyal fan base had hoped it’d be. First, the big man and mythical giant Tyson Chandler returned to big D in a pre-draft day trade that flipped two of the Mavs starting five as well as a small piece of its future. The price was high but the move unquestionably makes Dallas a better team.

Photo Credit: Chandler Parsons' Facebook

Photo Credit: Chandler Parsons’ Facebook

Next, after failing to woo the likes of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony (both were among the longest of long shots), Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson took a big gamble in courting Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent Chandler Parsons. The Mavs front office rivalry with the Rockets is growing with each passing year, and Cuban partying with Parsons in a Florida night club while officially inking a three-year, $46 million offer sheet rubbed a little dirt in Houston’s eye. [Read more…]

Tyson Chandler to Mavs a Done Deal

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

By now you’ve surely heard that the Dallas Mavericks successfully reacquired Tyson Chandler through a six-player trade with the New York Knicks. The price was steep, but one Dallas felt it had to pay in order to win now. In exchange for Chandler, Dallas was forced to give up starters Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, along with reserve guards Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin. The buck, however, does not stop there. The Mavs also forked over not one, but both of their second round draft picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, leaving them as spectators for one of the most exciting nights of the offseason. Oh, and before I get too far, I should also mention Dallas had to take on Raymond Felton’s contract as well, which is essentially a two-year deal thanks to a player option that will pay just shy of $4 million in year two. So now we examine the proverbial question: was it worth it for the Mavs?

Photo Credit: mavs.com

Photo Credit: mavs.com

In a word, yes. The Mavericks, despite a solid year last season, are still faced with a closing window and a slim at best chance to land a mega-star to take Dirk’s throne, although this deal could potentially help with that. [Read more…]

Reports: Knicks Trade Tyson Chandler to Mavericks in Six-Player Deal

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer & Host of the New York Sports Minute Podcast

The New York Knicks have  traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for four players and two second round picks, according to numerous reports.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Dallas will send Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington, along with the 34th and 51st picks in tomorrow night’s draft. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Free Agency Guide

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Coming off a solid bounce back year that saw them win 49 games and push the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to the brink, the Dallas Mavericks find themselves with roughly $30 million to fund their free agency spending spree. Priority number one, of course, will be to resign the face of the franchise, Dirk Nowitzki. The ghost-faced driller has said that he has no intention of signing elsewhere, and thanks to the fact that he’s never had an agent, his deal will likely get finalized by the end of the opening day, July 1. It’s also worth noting that the big German plans to sign a very team friendly deal, one that will not only show him some respect for all that he’s done for the franchise, but one that will also leave the team’s pockets plenty full to pursue the likes of several key players in not only this year’s free agency, but the next as well. So who are Dallas’ most likely targets?


Potential Resignings

Shawn Marion: The only other remaining piece to the 2011 title team, Shawn Marion has been worth every penny to the Dallas Mavericks since he was acquired in 2010. Not only can he guard three or four different positions on a given night, but he also offers veteran leadership and one of the most unorthodox offensive skill sets in NBA history. Marion is a fan favorite, but if he wants to return to Dallas, he’ll need to sign a more team-friendly deal, meaning his days of $9 million per year are over. [Read more…]