Dirk’s ‘dos (and don’ts?): A statistical study of a superstar’s coiffure

Many MFFLs around Dallas are getting ready for the weekend, and oftentimes that means considering getting a quick trim, or perhaps a totally new hairstyle altogether. Oftentimes that has little to no impact on any other area of life other than your appearance, but for perhaps the most famous Dallasite, did it actually affect job performance?

We’ve seen Dirk Nowitzki rock all sorts of haircuts over the years: from whatever this is to whatever this was, and lots and lots and lots in between.

You might not think his hair had any effect on his game, but one ambitious Redditor, user lipstickpizza, took it upon him/herself to do an incredible amount of digging and analysis in search of the answer to that all-important question: Is the Hall-of-Famer’s hair the key to his success?

As it turns out, it kind of is… Or, at least, that’s what lipstickpizza found out. Citing stats starting from his rookie season all the way through the moment he raised the Larry O’Brien Trophy, lipstickpizza concluded Nowitzki “generally performed better with longer hair.”

Here’s one sample of evidence from the user’s study:

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The proof is literally in the pudding. During the 2006-07 season, at least, the NBA MVP had quite the coif. Not so coincidentally, he also joined the 50/40/90 club and led the Mavericks to 67 wins, their most in a season in franchise history.

And here’s another entry:

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Those three things, by the way, were the Larry O, the Finals MVP, and, of course, his locks.

Folks, I don’t know how to argue with these numbers. Although Nowitzki has generally kept his hair shorter these past few seasons, and he’s still had some terrific individual campaigns, it’s difficult to argue with the simple truth: The Big German has been better with big hair. (Of course, his early- and mid-career success could also have had to do with the fact that he was in his physical prime and still to this day remains one of the greatest individual offensive forces the league has ever seen, regardless of position. BUT STILL.)

Props to lipstickpizza for putting in the work. Click here to read the full study, as well as what has become a pretty extensive conversation in the comments section. Nowitzki’s ever-changing hair will obviously not be the No. 6 all-time scorer’s longest-lasting legacy, but it could be a barbershop topic for many years to come.

Quincy Acy talks joining the Mavs on ESPN Radio in Waco

In many ways, signing with the Mavericks is a dream come true for Quincy Acy.

The forward signed with the Mavericks yesterday, fulfilling a goal he’s had for practically his entire life. Not only is his NBA career extending, but he’s moving forward with his hometown team. Acy graduated from Horn High School in Mesquite before playing college ball at Baylor.

“It’s a blessing to be around my friends and family and be able to play for the team that I loved growing up,” Acy told ESPN Radio in Waco today. “It’s just surreal. I’m kind of still in shock, I think. It’s amazing.

“The stars aligned and I ended up in a great place, in a great organization which happens to be where I’m from. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation, a better coach, a better organization, ownership. From top to bottom, it’s just a great situation.”

The forward appeared in 59 games last season for the Sacramento Kings, averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He has a reputation as an energetic, scrappy player who isn’t afraid of mixing it up on the inside or chasing after rebounds, but last season he flashed potential as a three-point shooter, connecting on 38.8 of his long-range attempts. It’s not uncommon for power forwards these days to possess three-point range, but it was a bit of an unexpected look for Acy, who attempted just seven 3s in college and 77 total in three seasons before last.

“I’ve been putting in the work,” he said. “I think I had the ability, you know, but in college I was called to do what I did best. I just added the 3-point shot whenever I needed to. It’s kind of keeping me around. Whatever I need to do to stick, whatever I got to do to play, I’m always open to doing.”

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle loves his floor spacing, and he also embraces the challenge of developing young players’ offensive repertoire, on top of their general understanding of the game. You can bet he and the Mavs coaches will be working closely with Acy and teammate Dwight Powell to help the big men continue to expand their range all the way out to the arc. Acy will be learning from one of the best to do it, of course, in No. 6 all-time scorer Dirk Nowitzki.

“He likes his way,” Acy said of Carlisle’s coaching style. “He wants players to play his way, and I’m always open to that. I’m always open to coaching. I love coaches that know what they’re doing and know what they want.”

The 25-year-old forward is a four-year vet in the NBA but has never played for a team which qualified for the playoffs. The Mavs have made aggressive efforts this summer to get younger, but not without compromising a shot at the playoffs. Dallas has qualified in 15 of the last 16 seasons, a stretch the organization does not plan on ending anytime soon. Still, that doesn’t mean national expectations are high — the Mavs are currently considered a bit of a sleeper to compete in the loaded Western Conference, a slight Acy relishes.

“I like that we’re a sleeper team and we don’t have super-high expectations, because I know we’re going to work and we’re gonna surprise a lot of people,” Acy said.

During the summer, Acy said he’s been working out in the Dallas area with former Baylor teammates Ekpe Udoh and Cory Jefferson, who played for the Mavericks in the Orlando Summer League. Next weekend he’s putting on a free basketball camp at Horn High School in Mesquite, and what happens the rest of the summer is up to him.

The good news, though, is the Mavs won’t have to worry about him coming to Dallas in time for training camp. Acy is already home.

Mavericks sign guard Kyle Collinsworth

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Kyle Collinsworth. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Collinsworth (6-6, 210) recently competed for the Mavericks at Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas. In six summer league games, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 15.3 minutes per contest.

A native of Provo, Utah, Collinsworth played four years at BYU and averaged 12.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 30.9 minutes per game in 140 games. He was a three-time First Team All-WCC selection (2014-16) and set the NCAA career triple-double record with 12.

As a senior for the Cougars (2015-16), Collinsworth averaged 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 33.8 minutes per game en route to being named the WCC Player of the Year. The 6-6 guard also tied the NCAA single-season triple-double record (set by himself in 2014-15) with six. He went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Quincy Acy brings energy, rebounding, and 3-point shooting to power forward position

The Mavs’ youth movement has continued today, as the club announced the signing of 25-year-old Quincy Acy, a power forward who has previously played for Toronto, New York, and Sacramento.

Acy will turn 26 years old before opening night. During most seasons in recent franchise history, Acy would be one of the youngest Mavericks. But this season, he will find himself right in the middle of the age distribution.

Joining Justin Anderson (22), Harrison Barnes (24), Seth Curry (25), and Dwight Powell (who turned 25 on July 20) to name a few in the Mavs’ rotation, the Baylor alum and Mesquite native will find himself right at home — not only geographically, but also in terms of fitting into the Mavs’ new organizational philosophy of getting younger, more athletic, and more versatile at every position.

The organization also places a great deal of importance on developing chemistry on and off the floor. Relationships matter for this team, and the players last season constantly cited chemistry as a source of strength and stability for a team whose top players seemingly battled nagging or significant injuries nearly all season long.

They’re off to a head start this season in the chemistry department, however. Acy and Curry played together in Sacramento last season, and Curry celebrated news of the Acy signing on Twitter.

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To which Acy replied:

Acy and Curry have played together, and Curry has also played with Barnes and Andrew Bogut in training camp while they were with the Warriors. Barnes and Bogut, of course, spent years together in Golden State. This team has a lot of new pieces, but they are already tight-knit.

Prior to last season, Acy was known as a physical power forward who isn’t afraid to mix it up in the paint to pursue rebounds on both the offensive and defensive end. Last season, however, he expanded his range to the 3-point line, connecting on 38.8 percent from deep, albeit on only 49 attempts. Still, that’s a hugely positive number for a 4 in today’s NBA, and it’s an indication that Acy has the potential to develop into a player who can not only gobble up rebounds and defend guys larger than him — Acy stands just 6-foot-7 — but he can also sit on the 3-point line on offense. That’s a rare combination to find in a 4-man.

The Mavericks have had recent success when it comes to developing players’ outside shot, most notably with Al-Farouq Aminu in the 2014-15 season. While not built similarly to the wiry Aminu, Acy does fit that basic profile: He’s a physical and willing defender with rising offensive potential. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle embraces the challenge of bringing the best out of that kind of player, and Acy certainly qualifies. Until last season, he’d connected on only 29.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. Clearly he has the work ethic to develop that shot, and there’s no question the Mavericks have the intention to tap into that ability.

The Acy signing essentially fills out the Mavs’ frontcourt. He’ll join Dirk Nowitzki, Bogut, Salah Mejri, and Powell as the first five big men, and the Mavericks also signed rookies A.J. Hammons and 4-man Dorian Finney-Smith off the Las Vegas Summer League squad, although the latter isn’t guaranteed a spot on the final roster. Barnes, too, is capable of playing power forward, and Anderson even played the position a bit in Las Vegas, although that was more of an in-game, matchup-based decision than anything. At any rate, the Mavs’ frontcourt is just about full, so now the roster picture is growing quite a bit clearer — and much, much younger.

Hard in the Paint: Summer Special

Catch Jeff “Skin” Wade’s weekly podcast as he interviews local personalities and picks their basketball brains.

Special summer episode with guest Mark “Followeezy” Followill, the play-by-play voice of the Mavs television broadcasts on Fox Sports Southwest and TXA21.

Hard in the Paint: Summer Special

Mavericks sign forward Quincy Acy

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Quincy Acy. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acy (6-7, 240) holds career averages of 4.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 15.3 minutes per game in 219 games (51 starts) with Toronto, Sacramento and New York. He averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 14.8 minutes per game in 59 games (29 starts) with the Kings last season.

Acy played four years at Baylor before being selected by Toronto with the 37th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. As a senior in 2011-12, he was named Second-Team All-Big 12 and earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors.

Born in Tyler, Texas, Acy went on to attend John Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas.

Acy will wear No. 4 for the Mavericks.

The Mavs Foundation Continues Support of West, Texas Following Explosion

The Mavs Foundation, the 501(c)(3) private foundation arm of the Dallas Mavericks, will unveil a new basketball court at Parker’s Park in West, Texas (1404 Stillmeadow Dr., West, TX) on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

The West, Texas City Park, playground and basketball court were all destroyed following the fertilizer plant explosion in April of 2013. The Mavs Foundation has furnished a new basketball court in Parker’s Park, the new park named after the 7-year-old son of Joey Pustejovsky, a volunteer firefighter who lost his life fighting the fire that caused the blast.

Dallas Mavericks broadcast announcer Mark Followill will emcee the official Court Dedication with representatives from the City of West, Parker’s Park Project and the Mavs Foundation to speak to Parker and children from his third-grade class and break-in the new court. The remarks will be followed by a group photo on the court, the official net cutting by 7-year-old Parker, inaugural free throws and a mini-basketball clinic for kids from the community hosted by Mavs Basketball Academy coaches. Members of the community will be invited to attend the Grand Opening of the park for food, fun and summer festivities.

The Mavs Foundation Court Dedication and fan fest will begin promptly at 10:30am and will follow with a kids basketball clinic on the court at 11:00am.

The West City Park dedication will begin at noon.

MEDIA: Media planning to attend should RSVP to Erin Finegold at erin.finegold@dallasmavs.com or 214.415.9183.

ABOUT THE MAVS FOUNDATION
Over the past 20 years, the Dallas Mavericks Foundation (Mavs Foundation) has built 21 basketball courts throughout the North Texas community with the goal of encouraging healthy living and providing a safe place for children and residents in our community. Past courts have included: Griggs Park in Uptown Dallas; Youth World Dallas in South Dallas; Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas; Dallas Bethlehem Center; Dallas County Juvenile Department; Salvation Army; Wesley Rankin Community Center; and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

The Mavs Foundation is dedicated to building a stronger community by empowering youth, women and families in need through financial support, advocacy and service. Established in October 1996, the Mavs Foundation has granted over $3.5 million dollars to nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in need and created Reading and Learning Centers and basketball courts across the North Texas community. Visit MavsFoundation.com to learn more.

ABOUT THE PARKER’S PARK PROJECT
Parker’s Park Project was formed to coordinate and assist efforts to rebuild and maintain a park in West after the damage done to the City Park in the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. Our Vision and mission comes from the eyes of fallen West Firefighter Joey Pustejovsky, and the heart and ambition of his son, Parker. Our goal and Parker’s wish is to help establish and maintain a facility in West his father had already envisioned – a facility that will provide a fun, safe and desirable place for play, parties, relaxation and exercise.