Mavs From the Past: Brad Davis


Brad Davis’ NBA journey took him to four different NBA teams, the last of which was the Dallas Mavericks. Davis was drafted 15th overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He spent a year on the team, at which time he was waived 10 games into the 1978-1979 season. He made two more quick NBA stops with the Indiana Pacers in 1979 and the Utah Jazz in 1980, in which he got released by both teams after a few games played for them.

On December 2, 1980, two months into the season he was signed by the Dallas Mavericks. By his second season with the team he became the starting point guard. During the 1982-1983 season, Davis set a team record in assists, averaging 7.2 for the season; that record would get broken over the years. That same season he set the record for the highest field goal percentage by a guard at the time, .572, that record would be broken five seasons later by John Stockton. During the 1984-1985 season he ranked third in three-point percentage at .409, and third in free-throw percentage at .888. In 1988, he made the Western Conference Finals with the Mavericks but they fell in seven to the eventual NBA Champions, the Lakers.

Davis spent his last 12 seasons as part of the Mavericks becoming the final Maverick from the team’s first season. As part of the Mavericks, Davis averaged 8.6 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game, 5.1 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, and 0.2 blocks per game. At the time of his retirement, he was the franchise leader in games played, minutes played, and assists. Davis also became the first Maverick to have his number retired, his #15 jersey went up to the rafters at Reunion Arena on November 14, 1992.

Once Davis’ playing career was over, he decided to still play a role on the court as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. He also became a color commentator for the Mavericks television broadcast team. Afterwards, he became a radio analyst for the Mavericks, a position he still holds. Since 1999, he’s been a player development coach for the Mavericks. He also represents the team at community events.

Davis is married to Kelli Davis and has three children, Michael, Erin, and Cara. During the 2019 offseason, Davis suffered a heart attack, due to his left anterior descending artery having 100% blockage. That type of heart attack is known as the “widowmaker” due to the high chance of passing away, luckily for Davis, his family, and the Dallas Mavericks family, he was an outlier in the statistics. Davis’ playing career had a rough start bouncing from team to team but at the end it had a fairytale ending with his jersey going up in the rafters.

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