Taking a look at each trade in a vacuum. Not looking at getting player a, which leads to trading player a for player z in a later deal (though that will turn up in some commentary). I am looking at what traded draft picks end up turning into however. Games played, pts, rebs, and assists looked at. I look at how the new players performed as a Maverick and how the outgoing players performed with his new team for as long as he played for that team. Financial implications are not considered (salaries or money dumps) I rank the 10 worst trades. Nothing from this past off-season was looked at.
I have previous similarly themed posts:All-Time best Mavericks Free Agent Signings
All-Time best mavericks draft picks
All-Time best Mavericks Trades
The order for these bottom 10 trades of all time will be from least worst to the OMG what were they thinking?
- Kelvin Ransey. August 12, 1983. Dallas trades Ransey to the Nets for Foots Walker, 1984 2nd Rd draft pick and Bill Wennington. Foots Walker would never play for Dallas. That 2nd Rd draft pick would end up being Tom Sluby. He played 31 games for dallas, giving them 2 ppg and nothing else. He was waived by the Mavs mid-season and would go on to be a three time substitute teacher of the year runner-up in Arlen Texas. Bill Wennington would go on to play 5 seasons of backup Center basketball for the Mavs. 4 ppg and about 2.8 rpg was what they got out of him. They would eventually trade him to the Kings with a 1st Rd pick for Rodney McCray and a couple 2nd Rd picks. Ransey would play 3 seasons for the Nets and start a little less than half those games. He gave them over 8 ppg and about 4.4 apg and a spg while there. They made the playoffs all three seasons. At the end of his run with the Nets, his career was over.
- Mark Aguirre. February 15, 1989. Dallas sends Aguirre to Detroit for Adrian Dantley and a future 1st Rd Pick. Dantley is a Hall of Famer, but he was running on fumes when he got to the Mavs. Over two seasons the Mavs got 76 games out of him. That's good for 16 ppg, 4 rpg and 2 apg. That's real good, but for Adrian Dantley it's not, the dude scored 30 ppg 5 straight seasons! The Mavs would waive him. LaBradford Smith is who the draft pick ended up being. He never played for the mavs, his pick would be traded to Denver for the rights to Fat Lever (seriously, look him up, underrated today). Mark Aguirre should have his jersey retired in Dallas by now... scored 2,000 points three times for the good guys. After getting traded he'd play 5 seasons in Detroit. Over those five years he'd put up about 14 ppg, 3.4 boards and 1.8 apg. Pretty good considering they had Joe Dumars and Vinnie Johnson on the team. They'd also go on to win their 2nd NBA championship in a row. The Pistons would later waive Aguirre.
- Jamal Mashburn. February 14, 1997. Traded to the Heat for Sasha Danilovic, Martin Muuresepp and Kurt Thomas. Sasha played 13 games as a Mav. 16.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 SPG. Very good. Then he went to Italy. Hooray. Martin Muuresepp was part of 2 seasons with the Mavs for a combined 73 games. About 5PPG and 2.5 RPG. He would then be part of a trade to the Suns to bring Steve Nash to Dallas. Kurt Thomas still plays in the NBA, believe it or not. He'd only play 5 games for Dallas though. He was hurt. 7.4 PPG and 4.8 RPG. He left as a free agent. Mashburn would play 4 seasons with the Heat. He was hurt through most of those years but it was still 180 games of 15 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3 apg. They made the playoffs each of those years. He would later be traded to the Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, and Eddie Jones.
- Derek Harper. January 6, 1994. Traded to the Knicks for Tony Campbell and a 1997 1st Rd pick. Campbell had a few good seasons with the expansion T-Wolves several years earlier. For Dallas though, he was worth 41 games and 10ppg and 3 rpg. Yeah, he was cut. The Draft pick turned into John Thomas. He never played for the mavs. His rights were traded with Popey Jones for Jimmy King, a bag of skittles and some sour straws. Harper finished out the year in New York then played 2 more seasons there. That was good for over 11ppg, about 2.3 rpg and about 4.4 apg with over 1.1 spg. The Knicks made a finals appearance with Harper, along with 2 to other playoff pushes. He'd come back to Dallas as a free agent though. Then he'd get traded again in 1997.
- Christian Laettner. February 22, 2001. Mavs trade Laettner to the Wizards with Courtney Alexander, Hubert Davis, Etan Thomas and Loy Vaught to the Wizards for Calvin Booth, Obinna Ekezie and Juwan Howard. Booth would play 15 games for dallas giving them 7.5/4.8 and 2.0 BPG. Pretty good actually. He'd leave via free agency. No Worries though, he'd come back to the Mavs via trade and then get traded by the Mavs. Obinna Ekezie played 4 games for Dallas. He'd leave via Free Agency. Juwan Howard was a good player at this point. He'd finish the season with Dallas and then play part of the next. All in all he played 80 games, good for about 14 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2 apg. He'd get traded with Tim Hardaway and Donnell Harvey to the Nuggets for Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Avery Johnson, Raef Lafrentz and Nick Van Exel. Courtney Alexander finished the season with the Wizards then played another 56 the following year. He'd provide them with about 13 ppg and roughly 3 rpg. He'd be traded for a draft pick that turned out to be Juan Dixon. Hubert Davis finished the year with Washington then played another 51 the following year. Solid off the bench, he gave them over 8 ppg and more than 2 apg. The Wizards would trade him with Richard Hamilton and Bobby Simmons to Detroit for Briant Cardinal (!) and Jerry Stackhouse. Etan Thomas played 7 seasons with the Wizards. Good backup Center. About a block a game, 5 ppg, 5 rpg. All in less than 20 minutes. He'd be traded to the T Wolves with Darius Songaila, the rights to Ricky Rubio's pick for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. Loy Vaught would play 14 games for the Wizards, that's 4 ppg and 4 rpg. That's the last anybody saw of him. Laettner was a pothead, but he was a productive pothead. He'd play 3 more seasons with the Wizards after THIS trade. He started most of the games giving them about 8 ppg, 5 rpg, 2 apg and 1 spg in less than 30 mpg. He'd later be traded back to Dallas in 2004 in the deal that brought Dampier to Dallas. Laettner was involved in many trades with Dallas. Traded TO Dallas in 2000 for Cedric Ceballos. Traded FROM Dallas in 2001 for Juwan Hoard. Traded TO Dallas for Jamison. Traded FROM Dallas in 2004 for Dampier.
Antawn Jamison. June 24, 2004. Mavs trade Antawn Jamison to the Wizards for Devin Harris, Christian Laettner and Jerry Stackhouse. This may seem strange seeing as how Harris and Stackhouse would be on a Finals team and Laettner was part of a trade I view as bad where he's shipped OUT but...1 really good player is gonna be more valuable to a team than 3 kinda good players taking up 2 additional roster spots. Harris would play 3 1/2 seasons with Dallas. He developed into a below average starting point guard. He did man the point in a finals run though. As a Mav he averaged about 10 ppg, 4 apg and 1 spg. He'd later be traded to the Nets for Jason Kidd who would help the Mavs reach the promised land. Laettner would play 53 games for Dallas. He'd give them 7.5 ppg and 4 rpg. He'd later be part of that trade mentioned above. Stackhouse was a good sixth/seventh man for the team. He gave them 5 seasons, 5 playoff runs and 1 blocked trade. As a Mav he averaged roughly 12 ppg, 2 apg and 2 rpg. He'd eventually accept a trade with 3 other teams that would bring home Shawn Marion and the future Ex-Mr. Kardashian. As a Wizard, Jamison would make his only 2 all-star teams. He played 5 1/2 seasons over there. 19 ppg, 8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg. 4 playoff runs. The Wizards would later move him to Cleveland for Zydrunal Ilgauskas and Al Thornton.
- Dale Ellis. July 23, 1986. The Mavs send Dale Ellis to Seattle for Al Wood. This is where the trades become quite obviously one sided in the wrong direction. Al Wood had been a starter for the Sonics. A good scorer and decent rebounder/assist man. As a Mav he'd play 54 games at 6.6 ppg and nothing else. The cut him and nobody was interested. Dale Ellis would become an All-star for the Sonics. He played for them for 4 1/2 seasons. How well did he do for them? 24.9, 25.8, 27.5, 23.5, 15.0 PPG each season. He also averaged about 4.5 boards, 2 assists and a steal a game. They made the playoffs three of those years. Seattle would trade him to the Bucks for Ricky Pierce.
- Detlef Schrempf. February 21, 1989. Mavs Trade Schrempf and a 1990 2nd Rd pick to the Pacers for Herb Williams. Herb Williams did paly for Dallas for 3 1/2 seasons. A good backup that got more playing time than he should have thanks to Roy Tarpley. He was worth about 10 ppg and 6 rpg with 1.3 bpg. He would leave via free agency. That draft pick turned into Antonio Davis. A good Power Forward that would play for the Pacers for 6 seasons. He provided them with over 8ppg, 6 rpg and a block per game off the bench. He would later be traded for Jonathan Bender. Schrempf was the best German NBAer ever until Dirk came along (maybe even best European?) He'd finish the season in Indy plus stay for another 4 years making 1 all-star team for them and earning 2 sixth man awards. He gave them over 16 ppg, nearly 9 rpg, over 3.4 spg and was a good shooter. He even had a season where the put up a 19/9.5/6.0 line. They made the playoffs four times. Pacers would trade him to Seattle for Derrick McKey and Gerald Paddio.
- Terry Porter. June 28, 1982. Mavs send the 1985 1st rd draft pick to Portland with Wayne Cooper for Kelvin Ransey. Porter never played for the Mavs, and this trade happened 3 years before he was drafted, but still...Kelvin Ransey played 76 games for the Mavs. It was a good 11.1 ppg with 2 rpg and 3.7 apg. He would later be traded to the Nets for Foots Walker, Tom Sluby and Bill Wennington. Wayne Cooper would play two years with the Blazers. The center would givee them nearly 10 ppg and over 6.5 RPG and over 1.4 bpg. The Blazers would trade him with Fat Lever (remember, look him up) and Calvin Natt to the Nuggets for Blair Rasmussen and that bastard Kiki Vandeweghe. And, of course that 1st Rd draft pick ended up being Terry Porter. He'd start nearly every game in Portland for 10 years with Clyde Drexler. Porter averaged over 17 ppg, over 8 apg, about 2 spg and about 3.6 rpg to boot. He only made two all-star teams (Derek Harper shockingly made NONE). Portland would later cut him.
- Antoine Walker. June 21, 1996. Another draft pick oops like Terry Porter. Dallas trades a 1996 1st Rd pick with 1997 1st Rd pick to Boston for Eric Montross and 1996 1st Rd pick. Eric Montross played 47 games for Dallas. What did he do in those 47 games? Glad you asked. 3.9 PPG and 5.0 RPG. Mavs were able to package him with Sam Cassell, Chris Gatling, Jim jackson and George McCloud in that deal to the Nets that brought the Mavs Shawn Bradley and Robert Pack. Samaki Walker wishes he could be as cool as Cherokee Parks. Dude did lurch around the locker room for 3 seasons playing between 39 and 43 games each year. He gave the team about 6.5 ppg and 5 rpg. The Spurs awesomely picked him up as a free agent. Then the lakers did the same. Then Kobe punched him. Unfortunately that's not on tape anywhere. Ron Mercer was the 1997 draft pick and played for Boston for two good years, starting 102 of his 121 games there. Paul Pierce would make him redundant. He scored over 16 ppg as a Celtic and also provided over 3.5 RPG and 1.5 SPG. He'd be traded with Popey Jones to the Nugges for Danny Fortson and Eric Williams. The 1996 1st Rd Pick was Antoine Walker. He'd make three all-star games for the Celtics over seven seasons. Out of him they got over 21 ppg, over 8.5 Rpg, over 4 apg, over 1.5 spg. They made the playoffs twice during this time. Walker would later become a Maverick with Boston would send him and Tony Delk to Dallas for Raef LaFrentz, Chris Mills, Jiri Welsch and a draft pick that ended up being Delonte West. Of course Dallas would trade him again after that, this time bringing over Jason Terry...who would one day end up in Boston.