Dallas Mavericks 2017-18 Outlook

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

Last season the Dallas Mavericks amassed just 33 wins against 49 loses to complete one of their worst seasons in recent memory. To put things bluntly, the roster Dallas walked into the season with provided little hope to fans eager to see the return of playoff basketball in Big D. The starting lineup of Derron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrew Bogut was never going to set the league on fire, and it resulted in the Mavs getting off to one of their worst starts since the 90s. ¬†Things were so bad, in fact, Dallas ultimately took out a flier on a kid named Yogi Ferrell and opted to revamp its young core by trading for 23-year-old rim protector, Nerlens Noel. Sure the moves teased the possibility of Rick Carlisle’s squad sneaking into the playoffs, but in the end there just wasn’t enough depth or, frankly, talent, to overcome an abysmal 9-21 start. Dallas would get the number 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and land the electric point guard, Dennis Smith Jr.

Original photo credit Mavs.com

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What To Do About Nerlens Noel

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

When the Dallas Mavericks sent Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and what should end up being two second round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a young rim protector in Nerlens Noel, the storyline surrounding the deal was that Dallas had swindled the Sixers front office. Over the remainder of the season, Noel would see action in 22 games for the Mavericks, averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a block per contest. In those 22 games, he would start just 12 times and continue battling nagging injuries. It wasn’t stellar by any means, but there were flashes of what could be, and for Dallas, that was more than enough.

Feb 25, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3) plays in his first game as a Maverick during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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5 Roster Moves Mark Cuban Regretted

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

Talent evaluation and financial planning around an NBA salary cap is a tough, often thankless job. To look at a player, in some cases a kid who may be 19-20 years old, and determine whether or not he’s going to develop into a real player or maintain current form is a near impossible task. And no one, no matter how good their track record, gets it right 100% of the time. While many of these moves can be found in the years following Dallas’s lone championship in 2011, others date back more than a decade. Sure Dallas looks to have a promising young core again, but these five roster moves can’t help but leave Mavs fans wondering “What if.”

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PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 10

Always happy when an episode includes a boss fight. It serves as a nice change of pace and lets me know there’s a new power up on the other side of their door!

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PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 9

Lots of wandering but some new shit as well, so that’s good at least. The hypo atomizer certainly will prove useful -I just need to figure out where the hell to go so I can use it!

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 8

Okay, I do make it to new areas in this episode, buuuuut I’m not sure I can do anything there yet. So gear up for some backtracking and uncertainty! Huh… kind of sounds like my life in general.

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 7

Okay, I know he’s technically a drone and can’t even be a spider given he has only 4 legs but CMON! He’s adorable -and Spider Bro is too catchy of a nickname not to use it. So let’s ride, Spider Bro. And we shall claim this world!

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 6

Huh, did not expect gene splicing to work its way into the story. Even still, I’ve gotta say… pre-tay pre-tay cool.

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 5

All kinds of new stuff in this episode! New abilities, new territories, new boss battle -you name it! This frickin’ game is awesome!

Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

After more than a year of investigating, the NFL finally issued a ruling on the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence allegations from July of 2016. The sentence? Six games for something Elliott was never charged for, never even arrested for. Throughout the past twelve months, the waters of this case have been more than a little muddied, even at one point seeing text messages between Elliott’s ex and some of her friends suggesting she asked them to lie for her and corroborate her story. In the end, the Columbus ¬†District Police determined there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with charges. A short time later, claims arose again about an incident in Florida where supposedly Elliott had gotten physical with his ex in a car with other people. Once again, however, witnesses declined to corroborate the woman’s story. Florida police would also decline to charge Elliott with anything.

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Project Shanks Gaming: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 4

Well, this episode got off to a bit of a slow start… Sorry about that! The good news is, I DID figure out where to go next! Hazah!

Project Shanks Gaming: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 3

Remember how I got through AM2R without dying a single time? Wasn’t that soooo cooooool how I did that?! Yeah, that’s not the case in Axiom Verge unfortunately… It’s going to take some time to adapt to this game’s health bar…