Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  10 responses

Peja Stojakovic Has Landed in Dallas

Folks in Dallas are excited about Peja‘s arrival, and he’s already impressing them with his shooting stroke. From the Dallas Morning News: “During a Nov. 14, 2006 game against Charlotte while he was playing for the New Orleans Hornets, Stojakovic became the first player in NBA history to open the game by scoring his team’s first 20 points. The Dallas Mavericks are hoping the 6-10 small forward can recapture some of that amazing magic after they signed the former Toronto Raptor to a contract Monday for the remainder of the season. Mavs center Tyson Chandler was a teammate of Stojakovic when he defied all odds and torched the Bobcats. ‘That was unbelievable,’ Chandler said after Monday’s practice. ‘It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Now 33, Stojakovic has career averages of 17.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. He is, the Mavs hope, the shooter they’ve been searching for ever since Caron Butler suffered season-ending knee surgery after he was injured in a Jan. 1 game at Milwaukee. ‘He might be our best foreign shooter on this team,’ point guard Jason Kidd said, jokingly. ‘But we have a lot of foreign players, also. Dirk [Nowitzki] might not agree with that, but he might also agree with it. But it’s good to have a guy who’s been in this league and has been in some battles.’ Mavs fans probably best remember Stojakovic when he used to light up Dallas while playing for the Sacramento Kings from 1998-2005.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com THE REAL RIGGS

    one of my favorite shooters, i hope he gets a lot of playing time.

  • Overtime

    Ironic in its way, after the playoff battles versus Dallas when back with the Kings, the short debate whether Dirk or Peja was the best european…lest we forget that Peja was in the race to actually beat Dirk to first european MVP

  • dsleepy

    i dunno…he hasn’t really done anything in 4 yrs, even when he was playing alongside cp3 and was counted on far more than he will be on this mavs team

  • Coney Islander

    This could be a good look. If they both get hot they will shoot a teams face clear off!

  • Cizzo

    He can’t help anybody Basketball wise, but it would be nice if he could donate my AAU team some of that money he’s been stealing all these years…

  • http://www.b-ballistics.com Darksaber

    *slamming my head into a wall….hard*
    Certain players have a stigma, and he hasn’t been an important part of a team in a long time. Plus, he’s fragile.
    This is your big addition, Cubes?

  • youngmuggsy

    Looks like the Mavs found somebody to fill Steve Novak’s shoes.

  • Red Star

    I don’t understand why the Raptors waived him? Who is better than him on their squad. That is why I can’t stand the Raps! We get a good player after we just lost Bosh, don’t play him then put him on waivers! Good one!

  • bails1

    If it’s Meja hit me on my Peja!

  • http://www.slamonline.com zog