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Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  69 responses

Sebastian Telfair Wants to Play for the Dallas Mavericks


Free agent Sebastian Telfair is tired of watching the NBA Playoffs on television, and would like to start participating in the postseason. Bassy tells CBS Sports that he wants to play for a championship contender: “Telfair just concluded his seventh NBA season, has yet to make a single playoff appearance and has only played in more than 60 games once in the last four years. A free agent, Telfair hopes all that changes next season. ‘I sure do have a list of teams in my mind,’ Telfair said. ‘Those teams being one of the teams to make a run for a championship or the teams that are fighting every year for a championship. Seeing Dallas win a championship, congratulations to them, but I’m jealous. I’m extremely jealous. Dallas is definitely on my list. They’ve got the gold right now. It’s not a bad thing in this league to want to go where the gold is. If you can compete and help the team win a championship, that’s one of the main focuses in the NBA.’ Aside from the Mavericks, Telfair clammed up a little bit as to who was on his radar. ‘The obvious teams,’ he finally allowed. ‘I won’t say any teams in particular, but the obvious teams.’ Asked what he would bring to a championship contender at this stage of his career, Telfair didn’t hesitate or elaborate: ‘I bring myself. I bring Sebastian Telfair.’”

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  • Young23

    “I bring myself, I bring Sebastian Telfair” last time I checked, that only worked in high school.

  • Young23

    “I bring myself, I bring Sebastian Telfair” last time I checked, that only worked in high school.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Over Mark Cuban’s dead body.

  • RunNGun

    SEBASTIAN TELFAIR will bring his self and talents (lack thereof) to the MIAMI HEAT.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    so do I

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Damm, what happened to this guy? He was ‘THE MAN’ in High School and now he’s a free agent…. smh

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    He’d actually be a decent backup PG on a good team that doesn’t need him to shoot.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    @GP23 Damn homie in High School you was the man homie.

  • @Deknowz

    He would thrive in Miami, he’s the kind of players that will play up or down based on who’s around them like alot of point guards do. I’ll go as far as to say he would take the starting job. He has the potential to be Chauncey Billups v 2.0.

  • Waggle

    Thought he died

  • Ryan

    Chauncey Billups version 2.0? Somebody’s been drinking, heavily. Chauncey Billups can knock down a jump shot which makes the comparison foolish.

  • riggs

    he just needs a system and teammates that can help him step his game up. While the comparison to chauncey is a bit of a stretch, it could almost be like that.

  • chingy

    The Billups comparisons are too funny. Really people?

  • R.E.

    Not hating but Telfair’s ego is bigger than his game…With all these young guards coming up, I’m honestly surprised he’s still on an NBA roster.

  • Will Lee

    telfair no longer good. he should head to other leagues and dominate

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    @R.E. I agree with you bro it’s a shame. People don’t compare this guy to Mr. Bigshot please smh.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Ryan, Or play any defense

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dude is better than most people realize.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/31941/digging-deep-to-share-revenue nbk

    How bad/good do people think he is? Defensively he’s pretty horrible, offensively he’s a backup. I don’t see how anyone can underrate or overrate him at this point, unless they haven’t paid any attention to his career.

  • RDeahn

    Ahh that pivital point when you hit your mid 20′s and realize the world does not revolve around you.

  • MLK4Life

    I think about that LeBron/Sebastian SLAM cover all those years ago…and look at them now. Wow.

  • LA Huey

    Get outta here with those Chauncey comparisons. Bassy is more like Stockton.

  • R.E.

    Good looking out SWISS…And Yeah there is NO comparison with Billups/Telfair…That’s not fair to Chauncey (lol) …CB puts in THAT WORK..He’s also been surrounded by much better talent than Telfair has been…But let’s keep it real here, Telfair was way overly hyped with his documentary too…He would of been better if went to Louisville but went for the $$$ …I ain’t mad at him…I would of done the same. Unfortunately he got EXPOSED at the NBA level. smh…He still paid though.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I would actually take him starting in LA. Or backing up fisher. Fisher, and Telfair splitting mins wouldn’t be to bad. I’m getting desperate I know…

  • R.E.

    “Bassy is more like Stockton” What an INSULT to John Stockton…You don’t have to have liked Stockton’s style of play but gotta RESPECT the talent. Dude could PLAY.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I never understood why people were so high on him, even in high school.
    He just happened to be in one of the weakest HS classes in a long time when it comes to point guards.
    Which made him look a lot better than he was.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’m pretty sure LA Huey was being sarcastic about Bassy = Stockton

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, he meant that Bassy is a passer. Which is he is. He knows how to run a team quite well. He just gets a little caught up in proving himself, and his jumper is still way too streaky.
    Dude is so small that without a jumper, he becomes a problem. I’ve never considered him horrible on defense but maybe I haven’t watched enough.

  • MikeC.

    @Allenp – I watched Bassy a lot when Isiah was running the Knicks. I figured Isiah was going to make one more panic trade to bring a ‘name’ player to NY to buy himself another year. I figured Bassy was going to be that player since he’s always available in trades. Since he’s a little on the small side, he doesn’t fight through screens and goes under the screener a lot and gets burned by PGs that can shoot. He’s very quick offensively, but seems like he’s stuck in the mud on D. Which leads me to believe that it’s a desire thing. If he tightens up his D, he could be a quality starter on a lower-rung team, or a great backup on a contending team. The only problem on O is his shaky jumper. I just picture the guy guarding him going under the screen while shouting “Shoot the J!” in a Dave Chappelle/Prince voice.

  • LA Huey

    Enigmatic’s right about where I was going. I think it’s an insult to legitimately compare people with HOFers unless they have All-Star potential. If I wanted to compare Bassy with a passer, I’d point out Skiles or Muggsy.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh, my bad then.
    Yeah, I agree with you Mike C on all of that.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/31941/digging-deep-to-share-revenue nbk

    MikeC touched on a few of Telfair’s issues. He hasn’t really played enough minutes for advanced stats to mean much, but for the sake of it, over the last 2 seasons, per 48 minutes, Sebastian Telfair has given up an average of 19P and 10A w/ 3TO while putting up 18P 7A w/ 4TO. These are per 48 minute numbers and largely garbage time minutes, and he still get outplayed, on the reg.

  • R.E.

    Yeah you gotta earn the right to be compared to guys like Stockton and Billups…

  • DieselMechanic

    Bassy has been productive in the minutes he’s been given. He is still young. If he works hard and gets an opportunity to play more minutes he can contribute to a team.

  • ClydeSays

    If ever a kid could have used a year or two at college, it was Telfair. He could have worked on his shot, his defense & his body. His hyped ‘floor vision & passing skills’ faded as soon as he came up against NBA defense.

  • LA Huey

    ^As far as things that are best learned from actual game experience, I agree. However, when basketball is your full-time job, you can spend more time in the gym, film room, and on the weights than when you’re a student-athlete.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I disagree.
    Bassy has very good floor vision and passing skills. He has failed because his shortcomings reduce the effectiveness of his strengths. It’s the same argument people make about Rondo, and what would happen to him if he was placed on a team where avoiding shooting and not being able to make free throws isn’t masked by having three hall of fame scorers riding shotgun.
    Bassy can pass. He can run an offense. He can’t shoot. He’s been in the league eight years and still can’t shoot. That means college wouldn’t have fixed the problem. Instead, college would have prevented him from earning his money faster, and possibly earning it at all.
    He made the right decision, easily. College does not make you a better shooter. Working on your game and fixing your issues makes you a better shooter. Eric Snow spent four years in school, still couldn’t shoot. Mark Jackson couldn’t shoot either. Mugsy Bogues, Jacque Vaughn, Kevin Ollie, Ed Cota. The list of point guards who never conquered their shooting demons despite long stings in college is varied and long.
    You are employing poor reasoning.

  • bike

    Good example of a kid who should never have been drafted right out of high school. He would have had a lot more playing time in college and under the right coach, a chance to develop better offensive and defensive skills. Instead, he winds up as an eternal journey man backup PG always searching for a role on a new team.

  • LA Huey

    I would say college is not going to help your skills much. It’s really about work ethic. Guys that have refined skill sets have them because THEY put in the time and effort not because their coach whispered beautiful secrets into their ear between Algebra and Chemistry. All Bassy would’ve have done in Louisville is built up his name playing against weaker talent and risked injury.

  • bike

    He probably did make the right decision for himself financially but he should have either never been drafted or gone way late in the second round. Telfair is the classic example of the dangers of the NYC hype machine. In high school he was often quoted as saying he did not need to score—his forte was passing and assist totals. And he is brilliant at passing. Not only is he a lousy shooter, he lacked the effort and physical skills to ever be effective defensively. Sure, one can argue that college would not have helped him offensively or defensively any more than time in the NBA but the point is, you would hope that NBA teams would have realized that after 2,3, or 4 years of college and never drafted him as high as he was out of high school. Or not at all.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    AllenP does have a point about Bassy making the right move by coming out straight out of high school.
    Darius Washington was pretty much nearly as highly regarded as Bassy was when they were in high school.
    Their head to head battles on the AAU circuit were always jam-packed.
    Bassy went pro, Washington headed to Memphis, played for Calipari, who is now KNOWN for breeding NBA PG’s, for two years and actually led Memphis to the Elite 8 as a sophomore, and still went undrafted in the NBA draft.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Again, that is the risk of drafting any player. High school or college, or, gasp, international!
    Why is Bassy the poster boy for the need for college, but Tiago Splitter not the poster boy for being an over-hyped Euro. Not to mention that cat Denver wasted a pick on years ago who was supposed to be the next Dirk. Or Frederick Weiss. Or Fran Vasquez.
    it’s real funny how people want restrictions on some players, but not others.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Enigmatic
    Ever since Chris Porter went from a lottery pick to a second rounder because he stayed in school and extra year I’ve been a fan of getting out while the getting is good.
    Worst case scenario is you don’t get drafted and you go the D-League or overseas or you don’t play at all. That only happens if you really can’t hoop and staying in school is not going to make you that much better, it’s just going to make your flaws more exposed.
    REmember that dude Chris Thomas who used to play for Notre Dame? Dude was HOT as a sophomore and everybody was drooling over him. Instead of jumping then, he waits two years and can’t even get drafted.
    Learn from Marvin Williams, as soon as your hot, go get that money. Develop on an NBA team’s dime, not your own.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    baseball prodigies go pro immediately. As do tennis and golf stars.
    They earn money and if they have talent, they improve and become serious threats. If not, they wash out.
    Those baseball players who get drafted out of high school don’t have to defer their money, they get paid IMMEDIATELY. And baseball is doing just fine.

  • chingy

    Allenp, so you think if Rondo isn’t in Boston with 3 HOFs, he’d be a Bassy?

  • chingy

    ^ I do totally agree with your point that college ain’t gonna change anyone into that much of a better player than if going straight to pros.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is no logical reason the NBA should be able to ban adult men from playing in their league until a certain age. There is no risk of career ending injury that isn’t prevalent in the college game (like football). And there is little to no risk of turning pro (if your good enough) and having financial issues or not having the resources to actually go to college and get a degree (which is actually the point of college athletics, to get educated for performing an action). It is purely a money play, the College game allows the NBA to market its players to a more widespread audience, without using any of its own resources to do it. Its like a child who is extremely intelligent being told they can’t become a professional scientist because they aren’t 19, even though they qualify in every other way. Would you not let some young doctor create a cure for cancer because he doesn’t reach the professional age requirement? (I realize there is a difference, but generally it’s the same principle)

  • bike

    College may or may not improve a player’s b-ball skill set but there is a world of difference between playing at the high school level and Division 1 basketball. Some players lack the maturity and self-discipline for the league right out of high school. A lot of positive things can happen to a kid after a few years in college. No one can blame a player for striking while the iron is hot but the team that drafts the kid should not base a draft decision on a flash in the pan either.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Chingy
    Rondo is more a physical freak than Bassy, with his wingspan and he’s taller too. And he’s a better defender, although not as great as people think.
    He wouldn’t be Bassy, but I think Bassy would have been a lot better if he got drafted late in the first round and went to contender where he could have been a back up with good talent initially.
    I feel like he got antsy and has never gotten his mind right after his early struggle.
    Going to college as an athletes rarely teaches you maturity or self discipline unless your are inclined to learn those things anyway.
    I’m not saying college is useless, I’m saying rules that mandate going to college and make no provisions for players how have their pro dreams voided by injury and other circumstance are bogus.

  • nbaNw8

    Sebastian really is better then most of u think. Dude does work when he gets minutes.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh yeah, I remember Chris Thomas from Notre Dame. Dude was a killer.
    I remember his former teammate, Torin Francis. Same thing.
    Kid was considered the next big thing in high school by some, coulda went pro right after high school. Went to ND and fizzled out.
    There’s a lot of players like that.

  • MikeC.

    It should be the Mike Finley rule. He was tearing it up at Wisonsin in his Junior year, was projected to go top-10 and decided to go back for his Senior year. He played worse because teams designed their D to slow him down. Fin ended up slipping into the 20′s. His career turned out pretty well. Multiple All-Star and big payday from the Mavs. It could have gone the other way just as easily.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Oh naw Lake, I like Blake backing up Fish just fine, although i still feel like we shoulda kept Farmar

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Tae, I wasn’t a big Farmer guy myself. I see him as a specialty PG. Scorer, and tempo pusher. He is great as a backup or just as a 6th man, but his skills never showed me he deserved allot of money on a contender like the Lakers. I liked Blake until he became a Laker lol. He really did not perform this last season. I wouldn’t mind Bassy backing up Fish at all. If Blake pulls his ISH together, then i’m fine with him sticking around and backing up Fish.Blakes a skilled player, but he can’t be so timid and miss so many open shots if he’s gunna stick around. Also. Kobe and D-Wade should be tied at 95 or 96 and LeBron should only be 1 point higher than them.

  • MikeC.

    ^I think Blake will play better next season. I’ve read repeatedly that it takes a full season to grasp the Triangle. Blake will play better in a more usual offense.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I hope so Mike, I honestly was tlaking high on dude coming in and then had all my friends laughing in my face lol. He played like S all season with the exception of 3 games. I think he’s a competent PG for the Lakes if he plays how he can. I didn’t understand why he sucked so bad on defense cause he used to be decent and thats usually an effort deal so i’m just hoping for the best cause i’m not counting on trades to be performed due to “financial issues.”

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Yea Lake u right Blake is good. He had a couple of games where he showed flashes but he’s too inconsistent. Kinda like Odom is sometimes, cus u know when Odom is goin, aint no beatin us

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Yea i commented on that in tha other thread. I’d give that 94 95 to Wade, Kobe and Bron 96. And i cant stand Lebron. But u know ur offensive awrness and def awrness make up a big chunk of ur overall. I’ll be damned if Lebron’s off awrness is higher or equal to Kobe’s

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Tae, you know my thing, give me Kobe every day over LeBron and twice on every day, but you gotta show The King, with rings or not, raahspect because he is deadly most the time. LBJ’s overall athletic talent and the fact the he’s in his prime make him “better” than Kobe. Wade I would take over LBJ also. I like KB and D-Wades mindset over LBJ’s that much.

  • David Moore

    Telfair going to Dallas is NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    ALL THIS FOR BASSY?

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Yea Lake i feel u. I would take Kobe and Wade over Lebron too. I think Wade has a edge over Lebron. 2k got it lookin like Lebron’s team lol

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    How come wade not showing up in a series is completely ignored even though Miami still managed to win the series, while LeBron struggled but Miami lost (showing whose more important, and better in the process) an that is the only thing that is focused on?l

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  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lakeshow at some point you gotta recognize that wade is better than kobe right now lol

  • Bobby

    Now he is a prime example why most players should play college ball before going pro.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Bobby thats bs

  • Marcel

    Go to Miami they want a pg

  • Kevin

    http://nbaplaybook.com/2011/05/05/how-j-j-barea-got-all-that-space/

    Q: How could Telfair possibly be a servicable pg in the NBA?

    A: Dirk Nowitzki

    he’s one of the few that’ll allow Bassy to do what he’s good at. might not be too shabby of an idea if Barea is gone, although the Mavs have this little Finnish kid who is similar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGEK7USKl9M&feature=fvsr

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