Dirk Nowitzki's trade to Dallas is now esteemed in Mavericks' lore. However, when Don Nelson made a draft-day deal for the young 7-foot German, it was a much different story. Mavs' fans were highly skeptical and other NBA followers enjoyed a hearty chuckle.
We all know who got the last laugh.
Interestingly, the Dirk deal and others that resulted in the Mavs' 2010-11 championship roster could have easily been surpassed by a trade in the 1980s. That Dallas deal was a steal and ranks near the top of the Mavericks' top 10 trades ever.
But it should have been one of the best trades in NBA history, even better than the Dirk Nowitzki robbery.