Mavs From the Past: Tony Dumas

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When digging deep into Dallas Mavericks history, there are players that were on the team that aren’t really remembered. Either they weren’t on the team too long or didn’t have a significant role, one of those forgotten Mavericks is Tony Dumas.

College Years

Dumas played collegiate basketball at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He started in 26 out of his 28 games played that season. He averaged 16.5 points per game (PPG), 4.8 rebounds per game (RPG), 3.1 assists per game (APG), and 1.0 steals per game (SPG) in his first season there. The team finished the season 15-14 and finished fifth out of all the independent colleges.

He followed up a great first season, with an even better second season. He started in all 28 games that year. He averaged 21.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.6 APG, and 1.0 SPG for the season. The Roos finished 21-7 and had the best record out of all the independent colleges.

Dumas continued to improve his playing style in his junior year. He again started in every game for the season, this time it was 27 games. All of his stats increased, as he averaged 23.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG, and 1.3 SPG in his third year on the team. UMKC had another successful season as they finished 15-12 and second out of all the independent universities.

Dumas’ senior year was the best season in his career. He started in 28 out of the 29 games played. He averaged career-highs in PPG, RPG, and SPG. He scored 26.0 PPG, grabbed 5.7 RPG, handed off 3.0 APG, and had 3.8 SPG. The Roos had their worst season since Dumas joined the team, they went 12-17 for the year, but still managed to finish in second place out of all the independent universities.

He finished off his collegiate basketball career as the all-time leading scorer in UMKC history, with 2,459 points, he has since been passed and currently is second all-time. He is also the all-time points per game leader in school history, with a collegiate career average of 22.0 PPG. Dumas is the only UMKC player to ever be drafted into the NBA.

Welcome to the NBA

Dumas was selected 19th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1994 NBA Draft. In his first season on the team, he came off the bench in the 58 games he played. He averaged 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, and 1.0 APG while playing 10.6 minutes per game (MPG). 

Dumas’ second season on the team was his best season in the NBA, but it was the worst year in his personal life. He started in 12 out of the 67 games played. He averaged 11.6 PPG, 1.7 RPG, and 1.5 APG, which were all career-high averages in his NBA career. His minutes also got bumped up, as he played 19.2 MPG. Dumas also participated in the 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where he came in last place, but he became the first Mavericks player to take part in it. In his personal life, Dumas had some run-ins with the law. In mid-January 1996, he was arrested for filing a false car-theft report after leaving the scene of a car accident. He was released on bond the same day. Later in the year, he was acquitted of misdemeanor charges related to an incident that occurred earlier in the year, in which he allegedly punched and dragged his pregnant girlfriend across the side of the road.

His third year on the team was his final year in Dallas and it wasn’t a memorable one. He came off the bench in all 18 games played. He averaged 4.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, and 1.2 APG in his short third season with the team. On December 22, 1996, Dumas was traded to the Pheonix Suns.

Dumas’ Final Years in the NBA

Dumas’ time in Phoenix wasn’t very long. He played in six games, all coming off the bench. He averaged 2.3 PPG, 0.3 RPG, and 0.5 APG in his time with the team. In mid-January, he sustained a knee injury that kept him out the rest of the season.

During the 1997 offseason, the Suns traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he would spend his final year in the NBA. He came off the bench in seven games with the Cavaliers. In his seven games with the team, he averaged 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, and 0.7 APG. Cleveland then waived him mid-season and his time in the NBA came to an end.

Life After the NBA

He continued to play basketball after stepping away from the NBA. In 1998, he joined the La Crosse Bobcats of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), where he played one season. He then went on to play overseas in Greece, with Sporting Athens B.C. In 2001, he played for Basket Rimini in Italy. That would be his final basketball stop, before officially retiring from the game.

In 2021, he returned to UMKC and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Minor in Communication Studies.

Legacy

Dumas’ best years were in college, but he still did something many wish to achieve, he made the NBA. He’s been out of the public’s eyes since he finished playing basketball and even though he’s not remembered by many, he was still a reliable bench piece on the mid-90s Mavericks teams.



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