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The Mavericks are a professional hoops team based out of Dallas, Texas, and it is part of the Western Conference Southwest Division. The team’s home court is the American Airlines Center.

Dallas Mavericks Brief History

The Mavericks were born as an expansion team, and their first year in the league was the 1980-1981 season.

The team struggled during their first seasons in the league, but they finally managed to make it to the playoffs during their fourth year of existence.

After infusing the team with the necessary talent, they managed to make it to the postseason in five consecutive times, from 1983 to 1988.

However, by 1990, most of the previous stars of the team had left for other franchises, and Dallas entered into a long struggle period, finishing with a losing record every single year for the next decade.

But things got better during the 1998 season when the team recruited Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki.

And, in 2002, entrepreneur Mark Cuban bought the franchise and made a lot of improvements that ultimately led them to win the 2011 championship.

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Dallas Mavericks Interesting Facts

Here are some interesting facts related to the Dallas Mavericks:

1 - The team’s name is related to the TV-series Maverick, a name that was picked using a fan contest. The other two favorites were the Express and the Wranglers.

2 - The Mavs started their NBA journey back in 1980 as an expansion team and performed really bad during their first season, finishing with a 15-67 record.

3 - They didn’t make it to the playoffs between 1990 and 2000.

4- The Mavs are famous for having sold out 707 consecutive matches since 2002, this being the longest sellout streak in American major league sports.

Dallas Mavericks Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 1 (2011)
  • Conference titles: 2 (2006, 2011)
  • Division titles: 3 (1987, 2007, 2010)

Dallas Mavericks Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the Dallas Mavericks:

Jason Kidd: He won his only NBA title with the Mavs back in 2011, and has been a coach for different teams since 2013.

  • 8 seasons with the Mavs, 10 times All-Star, averaged 10 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2018

Steve Nash: Along with Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley, he led the Mavs to the Western Conference Finals in 2002.

  • 6 seasons with the Mavs, 2 times NBA MVP, 8 times All-star, averaged 14 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2018

Dirk Nowitzki: He’s regarded as one of the top power forwards to ever play the game, and it’s also considered the greatest European basketball player of all time.

  • 21 seasons with the Mavs, 1 time NBA MVP, 14 times All-star

Dallas Mavericks Rivalries

The Mavs hold rivalries with a few NBA teams: Heat, Spurs, Suns, Rockets, Lakers, and Kings.

Miami Heat

This is a rivalry that’s related to the two times these teams have faced at the NBA Finals.

The first of these occasions was the 2006 NBA Finals, a time when both franchises managed to win their first conference titles.

Back then, the Mavs were considered favorites, but the Heat, with an aging Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade, managed to take the series 4-2.

Then, it was time for their rematch at the 2011 NBA Finals!

Both teams hadn’t made it to the last and most important game of the season since they faced each other, so the moment was very special.

And, in a very ironical move, this time the favorites were the Heat, but the Mavs went on to win the series 4 to 1, winning their first and only NBA title so far.

San Antonio Spurs

This is a relatively new, but very fierce rivalry!

Both teams have Dallas roots as the Spurs were born as the Dallas Chaparrals, and stayed in the city until 1973 when they finally moved to San Antonio.

These two squads have met in different occasions at the playoffs, with the Spurs being the most dominant of the two, having won their 2001, 2003, 2010, and 2014 series, while the Mavs won their 2006 and 2009 meetings.

Phoenix Suns

This is a rivalry that began back in 2004 when Steve Nash was transferred to the Suns from the Mavs.

That same year, both squads faced each other at the Western Conference Semifinals.

Phoenix took game one, with Nash putting a thrilling performance for his team. And game two was taken by the Mavs, with Dirk Nowitzki hitting a game-winning 2-pointer during the last seconds.

The series was ultimately won by the Suns, allowing Phoenix to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Spurs.

Houston Rockets

This one is known as the I-45 rivalry as both teams lie on Interstate 45, and the rivalry started the first year the Mavs joined the NBA.

That first season for Dallas, the Rockets managed to win all of their six meetings.

After that, both teams have eliminated the other during the playoffs, and the rivalry is pretty much alive, both for the teams and their fans alike.

Los Angeles Lakers

This rivalry was born during the 1984 NBA Playoffs when LA defeated the Mavs 4 games to 1 at the Western Conference Semifinals.

Then, the rivalry heated up with their upcoming meetings, with the Lakers eliminating the Mavericks time and time game.

This continued to happen until the 2011 season, when the Mavs defeated LA at the NBA semifinals, in the same year Dallas advanced to the Finals and acquired their only NBA title to date.

Sacramento Kings

This rivalry started back in 2002 when the Kings defeated the Mavericks 4-1 at the semifinals, but things got even more fierce the following season when the tables got turned, with Dallas defeating the Kings 4-3, also at the semifinals.

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