Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks do not have any draft picks, but
they do have the assets to make a deal that could put them back into the
center of the action.

The Mavericks had a fantastic 2004-05 regular season as they were 58-24, which
was the second-best record in franchise history. They won a franchise-best 60
games in the 2002-03 campaign. However, Dallas, which beat Houston in seven
contests in the first round of the postseason, fell to Phoenix in six games in
the conference semifinals.

All-Star Dirk Nowitzki had the best season of his seven-year career. The
27-year-old forward led Dallas in scoring (26.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg).
He shot 45.9 percent from the field and dished out a career-best 3.1 assists
per game.

Nowitzki has an excellent supporting cast. Twenty-nine-year-old center Erick
Dampier averaged 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first year with the team,
while veteran guard Michael Finley netted 15.7 points per game in 64 contests.
The Mavericks also have guards Jason Terry, who led the squad in assists (5.4
apg), and Jerry Stackhouse, who scored 14.9 points per game in 56 contests.

Second-year forward Josh Howard posted 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game
for the Mavericks in 76 contests. The Wake Forest product, who averaged 8.6
points during his rookie campaign, continued to excel in the postseason. In 13
playoff games, Howard scored 15.5 points and pulled down 7.4 per contest.
Guards Devin Harris and Marquis Daniels and veteran forward Keith Van Horn
are also part of the deep Mavericks roster.

Dallas does not have any picks, but it does have players that could be
attractive to a club that would rather add a veteran than a rookie. The
Mavericks still need help on the glass and may explore the possibility of
acquiring a pick that could land them a low-post scorer that can rebound.
Finley’s name could pop up in some draft day trade talk.

Key Player(s): Erick Dampier (Center), Marquis Daniels (Guard), Michael Finley
(Guard), Devin Harris (Guard), Josh Howard (Forward), Dirk Nowitzki (Forward),
Jerry Stackhouse (Guard), Jason Terry (Guard), Keith Van Horn (Forward).

Team Needs: More rebounding.

Draft picks: NONE.

DAL