The Mavericks Secret Defensive Weapon

The Dallas Mavericks defense is just league average this season.  Rick Carlisle‘s team tends to commit a lot of fouls (DeJuan Blair averages 5 PF/36 minutes) in addition to allowing an abundance of offensive rebounds (their starting guards combine for less than 6 rebs/game).

The one area that Dallas does excel on “D” is forcing turnovers (third best in NBA).  Forcing turns is a total team effort as five Mavs average more than one steal per game.  DeJuan Blair in particular is great at intercepting the ball from opposing bigs.  

Here is the complete list of “Possession Abolishers” (20% Defensive Rebound rate and 3% Steal rate).

Totals

Advanced

Player

Season

Tm

G

MP

DRB

STL

DRB%

STL%

DeJuan Blair

2013-14

DAL

34

687

146

41

24.3

3.0

DeMarcus Cousins

2013-14

SAC

32

1034

264

60

29.8

2.9

Paul Millsap

2011-12

UTA

64

2100

383

118

21.2

2.9

Jerome Williams

2003-04

TOT

68

1637

298

90

20.6

2.9

Hakeem Olajuwon*

2001-02

TOR

61

1378

268

74

23.1

2.9

Jerome Williams

1998-99

DET

50

1154

191

63

20.4

3.0

Tom Gugliotta

1993-94

WSB

78

2795

539

172

23.0

3.1

David Robinson*

1991-92

SAS

68

2564

568

158

24.0

3.1

Hakeem Olajuwon*

1988-89

HOU

82

3024

767

213

27.2

3.3

Chris McNealy

1985-86

NYK

30

627

141

38

26.7

3.0

George McGinnis

1981-82

IND

76

1341

305

96

25.2

3.5

George Johnson

1978-79

MIL

67

1157

254

75

24.3

2.9

Bobby Jones

1976-77

DEN

82

2419

504

186

20.8

3.3

George McGinnis

1975-76

PHI

77

2946

707

198

23.1

3.0

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/9/2014.

Considering Dallas is paying Blair less than $1,000,000 this season I would argue that his unique defensive talents and average offensive production make him a steal for Mark Cuban and Co.

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