Dallas Mavericks Season Preview History
NBA PLAYOFFS - First Round Preview
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (7) Dallas Mavericks
Led by the duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, possibly the two best players at their positions in the world, the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for an NBA title and nothing less. They secured the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and a first round match up with the defending champion Mavericks and Dallas will need to show the same tenacity it did in 2011 if they want to make it past OKC.
Durant won his third scoring title in 2012, and has continued to be relentless in the playoffs in recent years. The former Longhorn will be a top-3 choice for MVP this season thanks in part to the great surrounding cast around him. Westbrooke, James Harden and Serge Ibaka will all be key figures for the Thunder as they try to march right through the Mavericks. Dallas remains relatively unchanged from their squad that won the title last year, but age is looking to creep up to them. Dirk Nowitazki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry are all over 33 years old and this could be this group's last chance at another title.
Oklahoma City won three of four from Dallas in the regular season and hope to continue the success as young battle the old in the face off of teams only 200 miles apart.
Dallas Mavericks 2012 NBA Preview:
It was an exciting year in Big D in 2010-11 as the Mavericks quelled the suffering of its fantastic fanbase by winning the first title in team history. Dirk Nowitzki played like a madman down the stretch, and along with the now-departed Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks) and Jason Kidd, the team created a winning atmosphere (and stronger defense) that helped them topple the Heat in seven games. While they lost Chandler, however, their up-tempo game should remain the same (they ranked second in the league in assists last year) with the signings of Vince Carter and LaMarch Odom. It will be interesting to see how these two high-profile pieces will fit into a balanced team that worked so well last season.
2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA Preview:
The Dallas Mavericks had an oustanding regular season last year, cruising to a 55-27 record, but were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Rick Carlisle has many of the same players returning this year and the Mavs are poised to have another successful campaign, but whether or not they advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006 is up in the air.
For much of the last decade, the Mavericks offense has been centered around Dirk Nowitzki, who led the team with 25 points per game last season, and fans can expect much of the same from the 7-footer this year. Joining Nowitzki will be veteran point guard Jason Kidd, who will be back for his 17th NBA season. Last year, Kidd averaged an impressive 9.1 assists per game, while dropping 10.3 points a contest.
Dallas is also stacked with a number of talented scorers including Caron Butler, Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler. In addition, they made some smart offseason moves by adding Brendan Haywood as well. Many of their scorers are also very solid defenders, and the Mavericks should be one of the better teams in the Western Conference again.
2009-2010 Dallas Mavericks NBA Preview:
The Dallas Mavericks head into the 2009-2010 NBA season looking to improve upon their 6th place finish in the Western Conference last season. Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle fields a solid Dallas roster that includes all-stars Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. Look for the Mavericks to get up and down the floor quickly with that talented lineup. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Dallas (new Cowboys Stadium), which will perhaps provide some hometown motivation for the Mavs to step up their game to the next level. If Dallas does, then the Mavericks could be in position to once again make the NBA Finals.
2008-2009 Dallas Mavericks NBA Preview:
The Dallas Mavericks are one of the premiere teams in the NBA. Mavs owner, Mark Cuban, makes sure that the team is always stacked with talent and that the American Airlines Center is one of the best places in the NBA to see a pro game. The Mavericks have a roster full of star players, and are led by NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs traditionally play an upbeat style of basketball and score a lot of points. Their fun style of play, along with their talented roster and zany owner make them one of the top drawing teams in the NBA. Whether they are playing at home, or on the road, a lot of fans always turn out to see the Mavericks play.