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Team W-L L10 STRK
50-32 7-3 L2
49-33 5-5 L1
41-41 4-6 W2
27-55 3-7 L5
22-60 6-4 W2

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2023 Stats

Minutes Per Game
Points Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 24.5 11.0 72.5 7.6 1.6
Post Season 20.9 8.5 54.8 5.4 0.9

Top Daniel Gafford News

  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Starts second half

    Gafford (shoulder) has returned for the second half of Saturday's Game 3 against the Thunder, Tim MacMahon of reports.

    Gafford briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter grabbing at his left shoulder but was able to take the floor for the second half. If he's restricted due to the injury, Dereck Lively would be next in line for minutes.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Heads to locker room

    Gafford exited in the second quarter of Game 3 against Oklahoma City on Saturday with a left shoulder injury, Tim MacMahon of reports.

    An injury to Gafford could be devastating for the Mavericks, as he's been a solid contributor down low for Dallas. If he's unable to return, then Dereck Lively would be in line for a bigger role.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Strong performance in loss

    Gafford totaled 16 points (5-12 FG, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and five blocks across 27 minutes during Tuesday's 117-95 loss to the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

    Gafford recorded a double-double in the loss, adding five blocks. It was arguably his best performance of the postseason and something the Mavericks are going to need more of should they hope to advance to the Conference Finals. Despite the loss, the scoreline does not reflect that the Mavericks kept this close for three quarters.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Good to go Friday

    Gafford (back) is available for Friday's Game 3 against the Clippers.

    Gafford has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday despite dealing with back spasms. Gafford should start at center for the third straight game to begin the series.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Present at shootaround

    Gafford (back) was on the court and walking around during shootaround ahead of Friday's Game 3 versus the Clippers, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Gafford is officially listed as questionable Friday due to back spasms. The 24-year-old big man's availability will likely be determined shortly before tipoff at 8 pm ET.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Deemed questionable for Friday

    Gafford (back) is questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers, Mike Curtis of The Detroit News reports.

    The questionable tag on Gafford is not surprising, as the big man missed Thursday's practice due to his lower back problem. If he can't go Friday, then Dereck Lively and Maxi Kleber are candidates to receive increased playing time.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Misses practice, iffy for Friday

    Gafford didn't participate in Thursday's practice and is considered questionable for Friday's Game 3 versus the Clippers due to a lower back injury, Grant Afseth of reports.

    Gafford is in danger of missing Friday's contest after a lower back injury limited him to nine minutes of action in Game 2. If Gafford is officially ruled out, Dereck Lively and Maxi Kleber are candidates to receive increased playing time.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Non-factor in Game 2 victory

    Gafford logged zero points (0-3 FG), one rebound and one assist in nine minutes during Tuesday's 96-93 victory over the Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Gafford got the starting nod but managed just nine minutes in the victory. Given the Mavericks' depth at the center position, Gafford's role is likely to hinge on individual matchups. Over the first two playoff matchups this year, he's averaged just 1.5 points in 11.5 minutes per game. With the series now level at 1-1, the Mavericks will head home as they attempt to seize the upper hand.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Checks back into game

    Gafford (back) returned to Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers with 7:54 remaining in the second quarter.

    Gafford was deemed questionable to return after sustaining a lower back injury, but he returned to the court after missing approximately one quarter. The 24-year-old big man will look to make a bigger impact than he did in Game 1, when he tallied just three points and zero rebounds.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Questionable to return Tuesday

    Gafford is questionable for the remainder of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers due to a lower back injury.

    Gafford recorded no stats in three minutes of action before exiting Tuesday's contest with 8:34 remaining in the first quarter due to a lower back injury. If Gafford is unable to return, Dereck Lively will likely serve as Dallas' primary center.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Will play in series opener Sunday

    Gafford (elbow) is not on the official injury report and will be available for Game 1 of the opening-round series against the Clippers on Sunday.

    With Dallas already locked into its playoff matchup, Gafford didn't play in the Mavericks' final game of the regular season. He shouldn't have any limitations for the playoff opener against the Clippers. He averaged 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over his last 10 appearances and should continue to start at center, though Dereck Lively (knee) will also be available.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Ruled out for Sunday

    Gafford is out for Sunday's game against the Thunder due to right elbow soreness.

    The Mavericks have already clinched a postseason berth and a matchup against the Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, so they're not going to risk Gafford, who has been the team's starting center since being acquired from the Wizards via trade before the deadline. Gafford ends the regular season with averages of 11.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 78 percent from the field in 29 appearances (21 starts) with Dallas.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Notches 26 points in win

    Gafford posted 26 points (12-12 FG, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal over 25 minutes during Tuesday's 130-104 win over Charlotte.

    Gafford matched his career-best mark with 26 points on the night. He's been remarkably efficient, hitting 79.7 percent of his shots over his last 10 appearances. He's also on pace to be one of six players in NBA history to shoot over 70 percent for the entire season.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Forceful down low in victory

    Gafford notched 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, five assists and three blocks across 31 minutes during Friday's 108-106 win over the Warriors.

    Gafford took the fewest shots among Dallas' starters but made a big impact in other areas. The big man led all players with 15 rebounds and three blocks and even contributed as a passer with five dimes. Gafford's 31 minutes were his most since joining the Mavericks in early February, and he logged his first double-double since March 25.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-10, 234 lbs
Birthplace: El Dorado, AR
Age: 25
School: Arkansas
Experience: 4