Traylor was drafted sixth overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Mavs. Nowitzki was drafted ninth by the Bucks. They were exchanged before they got to play a game with the teams that drafted them.
This has gone down as one of the worst trades in Mavericks history. Here are some of the negative outcomes of the trade:
Nowitzki has won just as many rings as Traylor.
Traylor at least plays in the post.
Had Nowitzki not put the Mavs in contention, they wouldn't have felt pressured to trade Devin Harris for Jason Kidd.
Nowitzki is a lot more expensive than Traylor.
One day, they will admit this mistake and the Mavericks fanbase will hopefully forgive the team for this dreadful move.