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The Mavs’ Two Keys

Two reasons the Dallas Mavericks have pushed the best team in the NBA to a game seven…big men rebounding.

Through six games the Spurs Tim Duncan has played 213 minutes and grabbed 51 rebounds.

The Mavs’ key 4/5’s (sans Dirk Nowitzki) have played  193 minutes.  Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair totaled 85 boards.

Dalembert and Blair are posting two of the top-ten single playoff season rebounding rates in the NBA’s three-point era….

                                  Tota
Rk             Player  Season  Tm    G TRB  TRB
1        DeJuan  Blair 2013-14 DAL    5  32 17.5
2      Dennis  Rodman* 1994-95 SAS   14 207 16.2
3       Kevin  Garnett 2001-02 MIN    3  56 15.5
4      Ralph  Sampson* 1984-85 HOU    5  83 15.5
5        DeJuan  Blair 2009-10 SAS   10  39 15.4
6        Marcus  Camby 2007-08 DEN    4  53 15.4
7      Dennis  Rodman* 1993-94 SAS    3  48 15.2
8    Samuel  Dalembert 2013-14 DAL    6  53 15.0
9      Dennis  Rodman* 1988-89 DET   17 170 15.0
10        Larry  Smith 1986-87 GSW   10 137 15.0

 

 

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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.