The Dallas Suns?

Posted by on July 29th, 12:50 am

Nash and Kidd have starred at point guard for both Phoenix and Dallas, and they're not alone when it comes to these two teams. (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)

Nash and Kidd have starred at point guard for both Phoenix and Dallas, and they're not alone when it comes to these two teams. (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)

Back in the days before Mark Cuban when the Dallas Mavericks were striving to emerge from mediocrity, they wanted to become more like the Phoenix Suns.

So they traded for a Suns point guard (Steve Nash) and Suns shooting guard (Michael Finley), then added a German at the forward spot (Dirk), and wouldn’t you know it, that mix made them the most exciting team in basketball for a few years, a team that (like the Suns) just fell short of a championship.

Through the years these teams have continued to be linked when the Suns took back a former Dallas backcourt (Nash and Raja) and then spent a few years tussling with the Mavs for the top spot in the West. The teams even memorably went head to head for the right to play in the 2006 NBA Finals.

After finishing off a former Suns offseason spree by reeling in Tim Thomas, a chunk of that 2005-06 Suns team that fell just short to Dallas will now be in Big D, with Thomas playing alongside Shawn Marion.

The Mavs, of course, also re-signed former Sun Jason Kidd, whom Suns fans may remember throwing alley-oops to Marion during Trix’s first couple years in the league.

Dallas also boasts a two guard in Jason Terry who won a national championship at Arizona, so if only those rumblings of a Shaq to Dallas deal had come to fruition the Mavs could have trotted out a lineup of players with ties to the fine state of Arizona, along with being one of the most improved teams in the league.

Before Cuban rejuvenated his team with the ex-Suns this offseason, many people thought the Suns and Mavs were fading together as elite teams earlier this decade that just aren’t what they used to be.

Many people have watched Dallas sign a guy like Marion (who the Suns had at least cursory interest in) and wondered why the Suns couldn’t keep pace with a team they have kept pace with for the majority of this decade.

It’s also kind of funny that the Suns acquired Kidd in a deal for Finley, who became a running mate with Nash, who was acquired from the Suns for a draft pick that became Marion, who started his career in Phoenix with Kidd but later thrived when Nash returned to the team yet now finds his way back to Dallas along with Kidd. (Take a breath!)

The CliffsNotes version of that says Kidd and Marion were Suns 10 years ago but now they’re Mavs, and all that doesn’t even mention that Mavs GM Donn Nelson is a former Suns assistant coach from the Kidd Era.

With players like Nash, Marion, Kidd and even Thomas having played on both teams, the Suns and Mavs just might have to go with shirts and skins just so nobody gets confused next time they lace ‘em up.

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks · Steve Nash

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amar // Jul 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    LOL, very well done! I always find those two franchises linked, for whatever reason, but I think Nash will always symbolize the connection that these two teams have

  • 2 Mzz // Jul 30, 2009 at 5:24 am

    I was crushed when we traded Finley!

  • 3 Pedro // Jul 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    The Damn Mavericks just want to copy our style of play and use as many former suns as they can to make it to the postseason. There are a lot of styles that are going to mesh together. Maybe it won’t be a mess but you never know, someone from their squad like Dirk or Marion could suffer some injuries. I do agree that Cuban is trying to make his own version of the suns. Screw the damn mavs!

  • 4 Seasons of Discontent » Blog Archive » Irresponsibly Early NBA Predictions // Aug 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    [...] 3. Dallas – I expect some disagreement on this pick – but in addition to re-signing Jason Kidd, Dallas added Shawn Marion, Tim Thomas, Drew Gooden, and Quinton Ross to an already solid core.  This would seem to make Dallas one of the deeper teams in the NBA and while the talent may not actually be top level (save Dirk) they will win a bunch of ball games.  At a very minimum you have to appreciate the fact that Mark Cuban has just decided to load up and go for it.  On the other hand they are continuing their quest to have every former Phoenix Sun play for them. [...]

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