We built this city...a homegrown basketball team
Here at the Beef we are very proud of our city. It has produced some serious NBA talent over the years. That got us thinking, who are the best players to come from the city that we live in? We have compiled a list, well, actually a team of the best players from our town. The team is composed of players who were either born in Dallas or played their high school ball here. Hopefully you will enjoy our All Dallas Team.
The starting lineup:
Deron Williams – Okay, we know, technically he is from The Colony. But seriously, how many people outside of the Metroplex can even locate it on a map? We annexed him. Williams’ career numbers speak for themselves when it comes to why he gets the starting point duties on the team. He has averaged 17.3 points and 9.1 assists in his five and a half years in the league. His numbers this season are even better than his career averages at 21.9 points per game and 9.4 dimes. Add that to his ability to score from anywhere and his game management and sheer will to win and you can see why he quarterbacks the All Dallas Team.
Willie “The Whale” Naulls – Naulls was listed as a forward/center however at 6’6″ he is the perfect size for a starting shooting guard in today’s NBA. As a member of the Boston Celtics, he contributed to three consecutive NBA championships from 1964-66. For his career he averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds. Having a two guard who can work in the post is nice. However, having a two guard with three rings is even better. Naulls’ streak of 30 consecutive games of scoring 30 or more points was broken this year by Amar’e Stoudemire.
Grant Hill – There was a time that Hill was considered the second coming of Jordan. That title was thrown around a lot in the late 90s. Injuries sidetracked any hope that Hill was the next chosen one. However, they did not completely derail his career. He has since performed quite well in the league keeping his averages quite respectable. His career numbers are 17.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. A solid three no matter how you look at it, especially if you look at his six seasons in the league with the Detroit Pistons.
LaMarcus Aldridge – If anyone saw his performance against the San Antonio Spurs on February 1 then you know exactly why he is the starting power forward. He smoothly dropped 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over the league’s best team. Aldridge is having his best statistical year this season averaging 21.4 points and nine rebounds. He is a big that can stretch the defense and open up opportunities for the other players to slash and make cuts towards the rim. His two assists per game this season are a testiment to his court vision.
Dennis Rodman – No, Rodman is not a traditional center but who else would you want anchoring your frontcourt than the largest pestering and persistent presence the NBA has ever known? He led the NBA in total rebounding four times over the course of his career. On top of that he led the league in total rebounding average for seven consecutive seasons from 1991-98. That is what a center does, they secure the offensive and defensive glass. He was also a menace on the court getting into the minds of his opponents and then shutting them down with his defense. His career defensive rating is a 100. An added benefit to having him on the team would be his wild antics which the Dallas media would eat up … and probably spit out. What do they know though? “The Worm” has five championships under his belt.
The second unit:
Mookie Blaylock – Again, this is a case of a player from the suburbs (Garland) being annexed onto this team. So sue us. We want Mookie! Blaylock would be the team’s back up point guard and would generally be on the court with Webb in an undersized, albeit, fast backcourt. With a career average of 2.3 steals, Blaylock was crafty on the court. He twice led the NBA in steals per game average. At 13.5 points per game and 6.7 assists he is the perfect complement to back up Williams.
Spud Webb – Everything that Nate Robinson is doing today, Webb was doing better in the 1980s and 90s. Every team need an energetic bench player who can electrify the crowd with his play and especially his dunks. Webb does just that. Everybody roots for the shorter guy on the court going up against the trees. (In Webb’s case he actually did play with a Tree at one point in his career.) His career averages of 9.9 points and 5.3 rebounds are excellent second unit material on the All Dallas Team.
C.J. Miles – Miles is an excellent swingman who complements the uptempo pace that the second unit employs. He is having his best season to date this year with the Utah Jazz. As a reserve for the Jazz this season, Miles is averaging 12.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. He has the ability to stretch the floor, he is shooting 34.5 percent from behind the arc, as well as finish at the rim. His ability to get out on the break is what makes him important to the second unit.
Darrell Arthur – We continue our trend of undersized position players with Arthur at the four spot. He is in his third year out of Kansas with the Memphis Grizzlies and is having his best statistical year (that seems to be a common thread among active players on this list thus far). This season he is averaging 8.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting and four rebounds in 20 minutes per game.
Kurt Thomas – Thomas is not exactly a center but try telling that to the Chicago Bulls or any of the teams that he has played for over the course of his career. He has been a solid post defender for the majority of his career which has given him staying power in an increasingly young league. His veteran experience and countless playoff appearances make him a no brainer to hold down the paint on the second unit. This season Thomas’ defensive rating is a 97 while he has career averages of 12.2 points per game, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks.
Acie Law – In his short career, Law has managed to play for five different NBA franchises. His career numbers are not spectacular but they do not need to be on this roster as he is essentially the third string point guard. Law narrowly edged out Kevin Ollie for this spot for the simple reason that Law will likely have better numbers by his career’s end than Ollie. However, as of right now they are strikingly similar. This season in 23 games with the Golden State Warriors after being traded by the Memphis Grizzlies, Law is averaging 4.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting to go along with 1.3 assists in 15 minutes per game.
Ricky Pierce – Pierce could have easily made the second unit based on his scoring alone. However, scoring was about the only thing he did. The first two units are composed of more rounded players. At 14.9 points per game over his career while shooting 49.3 percent Pierce can come off the bench and score at will.
Quinton Ross – Ross is the ultimate Dallasite. Not only did he attend Kimball High School but he then went on to play for Southern Methodist University. Can you say fan favorite? We can. He even played on the Mavericks for a brief stint. He has averages of 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and one assist over the course of his ongoing career.
Tony Battie – Battie was probably drafted higher than he should have been in 1997 but that is of no concern. He has had a solid career in the NBA as a starter and reserve and he is exactly suited for a reserve role on the All Dallas Team. He has career averages of 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Greg Ostertag – Every team needs a victory cigar and what better player to have in that role than Ostertag? There was once a time that he was considered a kinda sorta formidable center. But, hey he played in two NBA Finals. He averaged 4.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks for his career.
There you have it, the All Dallas Team. Hopefully you like our selections.
Wait, what is that you said?
“Are you kidding me, don’t you realize who you left off this list?”
Oh, no we did not leave anyone off. We do not care to have fake tough guys on our team. Sorry. Do you really think that Rodman could coexist with a fake tough guy?