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Sharpshooter Richard Jefferson ecstatic to land with Mavs

Richard Jefferson isn’t your typical basketball player.

That’s an awfully common statement, one that you see all the time. Players have Twitter and Instagram accounts in today’s NBA, giving fans a glimpse into their personal lives. It makes unique players even more unique than we thought they were. For example, this summer Ekpe Udoh hosted a meeting for his own book club made up of fans he met on Twitter. That’s crazy, and Twitter made it happen.

But that’s not why Jefferson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill kind of guy. He’s not on Twitter. He’s not on Instagram. He’s not on Facebook or Vine or any other social media platform. It doesn’t mean he’s boring, and it certainly doesn’t mean he’s old-fashioned — though, at 34 years old, he’s definitely a veteran in NBA years.

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Tyson Chandler steals the show at Mavs’ Player Introduction Press Conference

The Mavericks added several big names this summer in an attempt to contend for another championship. But one thing was clear at the team’s introductory press conference: For one day, at least, Tyson Chandler was Mr. Maverick.

Chandler, acquired this summer via trade with the New York Knicks, was the man of the hour as he and five other Mavs were introduced to media and the public. Even flanked by former All-Star Jameer Nelson and up-and-comer Chandler Parsons, the center stole the show. He was asked the most questions, he did the most talking, and he received the loudest cheers. Clearly, the city missed him after his one-year stint with the club during the 2010-11 season that resulted in the franchise’s first championship.

But what was most striking in between moments Chandler was given thunderous applause was the big man’s words about the city that longed for his return. That feeling wasn’t one-sided.

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Dallas Mavericks unveil new alternate jersey for 2015-16 season

Geoff Case has always doodled Mavericks jerseys. The Dallas native has been doing it for years, dating all the way back to his high school days, when he’d scribble down an idea in a notebook.

But what seems like a quirky hobby turned out to be a pretty significant talent. Last May, Mavs owner Mark Cuban took to his blog to encourage fans to create an alternate jersey for his team. Case figured “what the heck?” and immediately entered his idea — a spec that took three days (and a lot of listening to Kanye West). And he wasn’t alone. More than 1,000 other entries made their way to Cuban, with 772 coming from crowdSpring, a marketplace for custom logo design and web design specializing in crowdsourcing.

More than a year later, Case’s idea was selected by fan vote as the Mavs’ next alternate jersey.

“I’m still pinching myself, really,” Case said after the unis were unveiled at the team’s introductory press conference on Tuesday. “This is my favorite team on the face of the planet. And to have something associated with that team and their legacy is unbelievable.”

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Q&A with Charlie Villanueva reporter Bobby Karalla recently had a chance to spend a few moments with the newest addition to the team’s roster, forward Charlie Villanueva. The 6-foot-11, 240-pound veteran, has averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in nine NBA seasons. Here’s a transcript of the interview:

Bobby Karalla: What was it about the Mavericks that drew you to the organization?

Charlie Villanueva: The history of winning. This is a win-now kind of team. Their expectations aren’t making it to the playoffs. Their expectation is to win a championship. That alone attracted me to it.

BK: You haven’t been in Dallas for long, but what are your impressions of the city so far?

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Four Mavericks make Sports Illustrated’s Top 100

The Mavericks have four of the top 100 players in the NBA according to Sports Illustrated.

In the site’s annual pre-season player rankings of the top 100 in the league, four Mavs made the cut. And they didn’t just slip in, either. Here are the rankings, which are based on all types of factors, including standard per-game stats, advanced metrics, and past achievements.

Here’s part of what SI had to say about new Mav Chandler Parsons.

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Raymond Felton may have a season to remember

As excited as everyone seems to be about this summer’s trade for Tyson Chandler, the center isn’t the only player Dallas received in the trade. Don’t forget about Raymond Felton, because if the point guard has the season he’s hoping for, this could be a season to remember.

Felton admitted earlier this summer that last season wasn’t his best as a pro. He and his team, the New York Knicks, both struggled during the 2013-14 campaign — injuries and off-court issues limited the team after a solid, 54-win 2012-13 season. The change of scenery should definitely benefit Felton, as well as his buddy Chandler. While it’s impossible to account for the unpredictability of injuries, Dallas is a very stable franchise with a head coach known for bringing the best out of his players. If Felton is looking to bounce back, Rick Carlisle is the guy to turn to in order to do just that. And, better yet, his offensive system is designed for players like Felton.

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Tyson Chandler will benefit from Mavs’ flow offense

With all the good things we’ve been saying about the impact Tyson Chandler can make at the rim on both ends of the floor, the big man’s jump shot has almost gone not talked about.

Chandler attempted 32 field goals from 15-19 feet last season, per That’s his highest mark since the 39 he took during the 2010-11 season, which he spent with the Mavs. One of the team’s trademark plays that season — typically one of the first sets Dallas would run any given night — resulted in an open elbow jumper for the center.

Rick Carlisle has always tended to only run sets that work, and that play for Chandler worked almost every time. He hit 18 of his 39 mid-range attempts during his lone season in Dallas, good for 46.2 percent. He also hit four of his seven attempts from between 10-14 feet. Those are the types of percentages Carlisle will hope Chandler can replicate this upcoming season should that same play reappear within the Mavs’ offense.

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How the Mavs are making a living in the paint

Drive-and-kick. Drive-and-kick. Drive-and-kick.

That’s what the NBA is all about nowadays. A combination of the hand-check rule change 10 years ago and teams’ increased interest in analytics has completely shifted the way basketball is played. No longer is it about isolations, mid-range jumpers, and gritty, beat-down defense. The NBA is now a pick-and-roll league. It’s about driving to the rim, and it’s about sharing the ball once you get there.

As it turns out, no team in the NBA set more ball-screens last season than the Mavs. The biggest beneficiary of them all, then? Monta Ellis. The Mavs two-guard drove toward the rim 38 more times than any other player in basketball in 2013-14 and scored 85 more points on drives than the closest player, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. The Dirk/Monta pick-and-pop was one of the most unstoppable plays in the league last season and was the driving force (no pun intended) behind the Mavs’ 111.2 team offensive rating, good for third-best in the NBA.

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