DALLAS MAVERICKS FRANCHISE HISTORY
Previous Franchise Names: None
Principal Owner: Mark Cuban
COO: Floyd Jahner
President of Basketball Operations: Donnie Nelson
Head Coach: Rick Carlisle
Best Season: 2006-07 (67-15, .817)
Playoff Appearances: 20
NBA Championships: 1
Professional basketball returned to Dallas in 1980 with the arrival of the city’s first NBA franchise, the Dallas Mavericks.
The ABA’s Chaparrals spent six seasons in and around Dallas before leaving for San Antonio in 1973, but the Mavericks marked the first time the NBA deemed the Metroplex a worthy location.
But after pushing the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers to a seven-game Western Conference Finals in 1988, Dallas fell on hard times shortly thereafter, missing the playoffs every year from 1990-91 through 1999-2000.
Another young player came along in 1998 and he has become the franchise’s greatest star. German big man Dirk Nowitzki was acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in a draft night trade in June 1998 and has become the all-time leading scorer in NBA history for players from Europe, eclipsing 29,000 career points in 2015-16.
The Mavericks reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 2006, but after Dallas won the first two games of the series, the Miami Heat stormed back to close out the series in six games.
The franchise’s greatest disappointment came the next season, when the Mavs won a franchise-record 67 games behind Nowitzki’s NBA MVP effort only to lose in the first round to a Golden State Warriors club that finished 25 games behind them in the standings.
Dallas returned to the Finals in 2011, this time beating the Heat in six games. Nowitzki was Finals MVP, leading a veteran squad that included future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd and former All-Star Shawn Marion.
Even with the cold spell in the 1990s, Dallas has reached the postseason 20 times in its 36 seasons. Current coach Rick Carlisle has posted a record of 371-253 in parts of eight seasons at the helm since 2008-09 and has a 27-26 playoff record, passing Don Nelson and Dick Motta as the winningest Mavericks mentor ever.
Dallas Mavericks Career Leaders (as of 3/9/2016)
- Games, Dirk Nowitzki, 1323
- Points, Dirk Nowitzki, 29158
- Rebounds, Dirk Nowitzki, 10430
- Assists, Derek Harper, 5111
- Steals, Derek Harper, 1551
- Blocks, Shawn Bradley, 1250
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Dallas Mavericks Official Links
Dallas Mavericks Beat Writers
Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News, @ESefko
Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News, @townbrad
Dwain Price, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, @dwainprice
Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas, @espn_mcmahon
Earl Sneed, Mavs.com, @EKS_mavsnba
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Stats and retired number information courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com