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An award-winning freelance writer who has worked with the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American Statesman and Talking Points Memo, Jonathan Tjarks wanted to be an NBA player growing up. But he stopped growing at 6'5, so he became a writer instead. In addition to managing SB Nation Dallas, he is a basketball analyst for RealGM and writes the NBA Draft Toolbox for SB Nation.

An early look at the Cowboys draft options

Early mock drafts have Dallas looking for help on the offensive and defensive lines.

Vince Carter can still dunk a basketball

The Mavs swingman turned back the clock nearly a decade with three vicious assaults at the rim in their win over the Wizards on New Year's Day.

NFL power rankings: Cowboys end year on down note

Another 8-8 season has Dallas in the middle of the pack in SB Nation's NFL power rankings.

Heart of Dallas Bowl halftime: OSU dominating

Playing in a virtual home game at the old Cotton Bowl, the Cowboys raced out to a 28-0 half-time lead over the Boilermakers.

Time to panic in Dallas?

A conversation about where the Mavs should go from here.

Oklahoma City Thunder preview: Passing the torch

Two years after the Mavs defeated the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the two franchises have headed in opposite directions.

2012 Holiday Bowl: Getting to know UCLA

Baylor's opponent on Thursday appears to be headed in the right direction after a long stretch of mediocrity.

Miami Heat preview: The day after tomorrow

Two years after the Mavs beat them in the NBA Finals, the Heat are on top of the league. Will anyone be able to knock them off their perch next June?

Dirk scrimmages Mavs rookies, wasn't impressed

The rehabilitating Dallas star returned to the court for the first time Wednesday, playing in a 2-on-2 game with Roddy B, Jae Crowder and Bernard James.

Manny Diaz isn't going to FIU

So the coordinator of a historically bad defense full of future NFL players he didn't recruit isn't getting a promotion?

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.