YEAR: 1998

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Even at 18-years-old, Dirk Nowitzki still showed the signs of an all-time great. He was a champion in his German league and was the country's player of the year. But for some reason Robert Traylor (R.I.P.) was projected ahead of him. Milwaukee was particularly interested in Traylor, so they drafted Nowitzki 9th in exchange for the Mavericks drafting their man with the 6th pick. Dallas wasn't done dealing either. Phoenix had their eye on Pat Garrity and were so intent on having him that they were willing to part with backup point guard Steve Nash. Garrity and Traylor both had middling NBA careers. The Mavericks haven't had a losing season since.