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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 12.0 1.5 14.3 0.5 0.5

Top Daniel Gafford News

  • 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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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Swats five shots

    Gafford racked up six points (3-4 FG), four rebounds, three assists, five blocks and one steal over 22 minutes during Sunday's 125-107 win over the Rockets.

    This was Gafford's 14th career game with at least five blocks, and he needed only 22 minutes to do it Sunday. He's been terrific for Dallas lately, averaging 12.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks over his last 10 games.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Delivers defensive show

    Gafford ended with 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and two steals over 27 minutes during Monday's 115-105 victory over the Jazz.

    Gafford tallied seven combined steals and blocks, capping off another impressive performance. After an up-and-down start to his tenure in Dallas, Gafford has been a revelation over the past two weeks, putting up first-round value with averages of 14.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. It appears he is locked in as the preferred starting center, a welcome sight for any fantasy managers who have him on their roster.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Highly efficient in win Thursday

    Gafford had 24 points (10-11 FG, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal over 27 minutes during Thursday's 113-97 victory over the Jazz.

    Gafford missed just one shot in the contest and finished as Dallas' leading scorer behind Luka Doncic. The big man also unexpectedly contributed as a passer, setting a season high with five assists. Gafford has been a big difference-maker since coming over to the Mavericks in a Feb. 8 trade with Washington, and he's started eight straight contests, logging double-digit points in all but one of those games. He also leads the NBA in field-goal shooting at 71.4 percent on the campaign.

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  • Mavericks' Daniel Gafford: Grabs 15 boards Thursday

    Gafford notched 19 points (8-11 FG, 3-3 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes during Thursday's 126-119 loss to the Thunder.

    Gafford saw his streak of 33 consecutive made field-goal attempts come to an end in the first minute of the contest when he missed a putback attempt, but he still came through with another efficient game and delivered his second-best scoring performance since joining the Mavericks at the trade deadline in February. He also paced the Mavericks in rebounds while seeing a larger share of the minutes at center than Dereck Lively (14 minutes) and Maxi Kleber (21 minutes), the latter of whom saw more time at power forward.

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Player Bio

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