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|Stadium:||American Airlines Center|
|Colours:||Royal blue, navy blue, silver & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Alex English, Adrian Dantley, Dennis Rodman, Jason Kidd & Steve Nash|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Don Nelson|
|Rivals:||San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder & Los Angeles Lakers|
|Legends:||Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper, Michael Finley, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Brad Davis & Steve Nash|
|Retired Numbers:||12, 15 & 22|
|NBA Championships:||1: 2011|
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At the 1980 NBA All Star game, league owners voted to admit a new expansion team into the NBA. Despite initial reluctance to set up a third NBA franchise in the state of Texas, Mavericks founder Don Carter got the team off the ground, covering half of the $12.5 million expansion fee.
Over 4600 postcards were sent in to vote for the team’s name, popular suggestions included Wranglers and Express, however the ownership group decided to select the most popular name, the Mavericks.
In their first season in the NBA the Mavericks secured one of their 15 victories in their debut game, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 103-92. The highlight of a lacklustre inaugural season. After brief stints at the Lakers, Pacers, Anchorage Northern Knights (EBA) and the Jazz, the Mavericks signed future franchise legend Brad Davis in December of 1980.
Davis started the final 26 games of the Mavs debut season and ended up leading the team in assists. After finishing the 1980-81 season with a 15-67 record, the Mavericks took to the 1981 NBA draft to bolster their roster. With three pick in the first round, Dallas selected Mark Aguirre (Pick #1), Rolando Blackman (Pick #9) and Jay Vincent (Pick #24).
The three young stars joined Brad Davis, and improved the Mavericks to a 28-54 record in the franchises second season and a 38-44 record in the third, before finally claiming a winning record and a playoff berth off the back of a 43-39 record in 1983-84.
In the franchise’s breakout season Blackman and Vincent both averaged more than 17 points per game, Davis chipped in with 7.2 assists per game, and Mark Aguirre became the first Maverick to be selected in an All Star game, averaging 24.4 points per game.
After winning their first every playoff series, Dallas were eventually knocked out in the second round, losing 4-1 to the star studded Lakers. Throughout the mid 1980’s Dallas would add Derek Harper (1983), Sam Perkins (1984), James Donaldson (1985) and Roy Tarply (1986) to their roster as the Mavericks continued to be a serious contender in the Western Conference.
In the 1986-87 season Dallas would record their first even 50+ win season, claiming 55 victories. The Mavs backed it up the following year recording 53 wins on the way to their deepest ever playoff campaign.
Aguirre led the team in scoring for the sixth consecutive season, while Tarply was awarded the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award as the Mavs cruised through to the Western Conference Finals.
In a seven game series against the reigning champion Lakers, Dallas were defeated as Magic Johnson and the Lakers went on to win their second consecutive championship. The 1990’s were certainly the bleakest era in Mavericks history, not a single winning season through the entire decade, as franchise legends were traded in an attempt to rejuvenate the roster.
The 1992-92 season was a real low point, with the Mavericks only claiming 11 victories from their 82 regular season games. As the results of disappointing results on the court, Dallas made some notable selections with their high draft picks in the 90’s.
The Mavericks selected 1995 Co-Rookie of the year Jason Kidd with the second pick in the 1994 NBA draft, before selecting the greatest Maverick of all time with the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Dirk Nowitski.
With his rookie season disturbed by the 1998-99 NBA lockout, Dirk began to take over the offense in his second season, averaging 17.5 points and helping the Mavericks secure their first 40 win season in 10 years. Dallas were winners once again in the 2000’s, posting 10 consecutive 50+ win seasons, including a trip to the NBA finals in 2006.
Unfortunately, the Mavericks found themselves on the wrong side of one of the biggest upsets in Finals history. Losing four consecutive games after winning the first two games of the series, losing to the Miami Heat in six games.
In the wake of their devastating Finals defeat Nowitski became the first Maverick to win the NBA MVP award. Averaging 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds with shooting percentages of 50.2% from the field, 41.6% from three and 90.4% from the free throw line, leading Dallas to a franchise record 67 win season.
With Dirk continuing to play at an All-NBA level, Dallas continued their decade of regular season dominance. However, playoff success continued to elude them. Rick Carlisle took over the head coaching position in 2008 and began to surround Nowitski with veteran role players.
With 2008-09 Sixth Man of the Year, Jason Terry still under contract as well as the return of Jason Kidd in 2008 and signing of Shawn Marrion in 2009 the Mavericks were poised for another title run. Dallas added Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler prior to the 2010-11 season, as the pair helped the Mavericks post a 57 win season and progress to the 2011 NBA Finals.
Coming up against the Miami Heat’s ‘Big Three’, Dallas entered the series as underdogs, and exited it as champions, defeating the Heat in six games. Claiming their first ever NBA championship, with Dirk Nowitski taking out the Finals MVP.
Dirk retired following the 2018-19 season, finishing his 21 year playing career with Dallas as an MVP, champion, the league’s sixth highest scorer of all time and a legend of both the Mavericks and the NBA. With Rick Carlisle still in the head coaching position, the Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA draft.
Doncic was a Euroleague champion and MVP prior to entering the NBA, and brought that level of professionalism into his rookie season. Averaging 21.2 points, 6 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game and taking out the 2018 Rookie of the Year award.
A versatile roster headlined by Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic and former New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis led the 2019-20 Mavericks to the 7th seed in the Western Conference, but they unfortunately lost to the Clippers in the opening round.
Porzingis got injured in that series and it kept him out of the first half of the 2020-21 season. Combine that with the fact that a COVID-19 outbreak decimated the Mavericks’ roster for a couple of weeks and Dallas has some fair excuses for their finishing position.
In saying that, the ended up fifth in the West, facing a familiar foe in the opening round, the Clippers. Luka Doncic was absolutely unstoppable in the series, getting the Mavs to a Game Seven but unfortunately they were no match, leaving questions for the help that Doncic has and whether changes will be made in the offseason.
That started almost straight away with Rick Carlisle and the franchise deciding to part ways. On the hunt for a new head coach, Dallas reunited with one of their favorite sons, Jason Kidd, who had been assistant at the Lakers for the last two seasons.
After another first-round exit, the Dallas Mavericks go all in on Luka to carry their team. The team failed to make any significant trades to bring in help for the young superstar but rehauled their front office, as well as brought in some notable free agents. Though, will the team’s efforts be enough to take them to the second-round of the playoffs and beyond or will the Mavericks waste another year of their generational stud?
The Dallas Mavericks completely rehauled their front office. This started with their head coach since 2008, Rick Carlisle resigning and the hiring of Jason Kidd as a replacement. Ever since drafting generational superstar, Luka Doncic, the Mavericks success has not reflected any of this promise, losing in the first round in both the last postseasons under Carlisle.
The general manager position also has a new face in Nico Harrison, with no prior experience in the NBA other than as a marketing director at Nike. Kidd spent most of his head coaching career with the Milwaukee Bucks up until 2018, after plateauing with Giannis and getting no further than the 1st round in the playoffs in his tenure. Kidd’s overall record as a head coach stands at 183-190.
Kidd’s experience as an oversized point guard as well as his notoriously over aggressive coaching style could help with the Maverick’s superstar’s defensive lacks with Doncic ranking 404th out of 533 in defensive rating.
The front office moved on from Josh Richardson, whose scoring averages and efficiency declined every year since he was signed to the Mavs, trading him for young promising big man, Moses Brown. Replacing Richardson’s role as the 3&D guard is Reggie Bullock who shot 41% from 3 last season and Frank Ntilikina who shot an impressive 47.9% from 3. Harrison also locked down the scoring combo guard, Tim Hardaway Jr. to a 4 year/ $72 million contract. Departures from the team included JJ Reddick and Nicolo Melli.
No team in the NBA relies more on their number option than the Maverick’s with Luka Doncic. Rightfully so, the 22 year old averaged video-game numbers last year with 27.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists a game.
With no standout second option, the Mavericks still managed to have the 8th best offensive rating and the 7th most 3 pointers made, all a testament to Doncic’s universal impact. Not only is he the team’s most valuable player, he stands among the leagues very best and should be considered a serious MVP candidate this upcoming season if his meteoric rise is any indication.
Undoubtedly, the team’s success is equally dependent on the 7’3” Kristaps Porzingis’ performance as it is on Doncic. Kristaps only managed to play in 43 games last year where his numbers did not see any improvement from his previous season, averaging 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game.
These numbers took a sharp dip in the playoffs where he shot 29.6% from 3 and averaged an underwhelming 13.1 points per game. If the Mavs can get an improved version of Kristaps or even something resembling his last season with the Knicks where he averaged 22.7 points a game and 2.4 blocks, the Maverick’s chance at contention increases drastically.
The team now has a plethora of reliable defenders in Finney-Smith, Richardson, Bullock, and Ntilikina on the perimeter and Moses Brown, Kleber, Porzingis, and Powell all posing threats defending the paint.
In a move to send away their starting shooting guard Josh Richardson, the Mavs bought in the raw yet extremely promising Moses Brown. In 21 minutes a game last season, Brown averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Not eye-popping numbers but the big man has all the physical tools, coming in at a whopping 7’2, 240 pounds and a 7’3.5 wingspan, which have proven to help him become an interior force on the offensive end. Last season, the Mavs finished in the bottom 10 in rebounding.
Brown brings an instant boost as he finished in the top 20 in the league for rebounding despite being the only in the list to average below 25 minutes. Some notable games included a 21 point and 23 rebound game against the Celtics as well as 24 points, 18 rebounds, and 7 blocks in the final game of the season against the Clippers.
After an exciting 2019-20 season resulting in a playoff berth last year, the Mavericks 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +2500. Those odds then improved to +2200 in mid-November, just before the draft.
Dallas finished fifth in the West and after winning Games 1 & 2 of the opening round on the road, there was plenty of optimism and promise but ultimately they fell short, getting eliminated in seven.
When looking against the spread, Dallas finished in the middle of the road with a 35-37 ATS record. They were just 15-21 at home but an impressive 20-16 ATS on the road.
The defense of Dallas continues to be a big question mark and because of that, they had some massive totals set in their games. Their offense, especially while they were ravaged with injuries and illnesses, couldn’t consistently perform, seeing them finish with a 34-38 O/U record.
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Where do the Dallas Mavericks play?
The Dallas Mavericks play their home games at the American Airlines Center.
Who owns the Dallas Mavericks?
Mark Cuban has been the majority owner of the Dallas Mavericks since 2000.
When did the Dallas Mavericks move to Dallas?
The Mavericks were founded in Dallas in 1980.
Have the Dallas Mavericks won an NBA Championship?
The Dallas Mavericks have won one NBA championship in 2011.
Who is the Dallas Mavericks coach?
Jason Kidd is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. Kidd, who won a Championship with Dallas as a player in 2011, was hired in the 2021 offseason.
Do the Dallas Mavericks play tonight?
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What is the Dallas Mavericks record?
The Dallas Mavericks had a 42-30 record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Dallas Mavericks win last night?
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How much is the Dallas Mavericks worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Dallas Mavericks are worth $2.4 billion.
Who do the Dallas Mavericks play tonight?
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How to watch the Dallas Mavericks?
You can catch the Dallas Mavericks in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV such as ESPN, Fox Sports Southeast.
Will the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs this year?
The Dallas Mavericks made the playoffs in the 2020-21 season after finishing fifth in the West with a 42-30 record. They were eliminated in seven games in the opening round by the Clippers.
When do the Dallas Mavericks play?
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Where did the Dallas Mavericks finish the season?
The Dallas Mavericks finished the 2020-21 NBA season with the fifth best record in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Dallas Mavericks win?
The Dallas Mavericks won 42 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
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