The Mavericks joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1980, and it didn't take the Mavs very long to build a contender. Dallas made the playoffs and recorded a winning season for the first time in 1983-84. The Mavericks continued to improve every year through the 1988-89 season, when the team fell just a game short of reaching the NBA finals, losing to the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers for the third time in five years. Through the entirety of the 1990s the Mavericks were the basement dwellers of the NBA, nearly setting the record for worst season on multiple occasions. Dallas finally made the playoffs again in the 2000-2001 season with a core of Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. Dallas missed the playoffs just twice from 2001 to 2012. After reaching the NBA finals in 2006 only to be thwarted by the Miami Heat, the Mavericks won their first title in 2011. Led by Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd—his second stint with the team—Dallas bested the Heat and their big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in their first season together. Dallas has retired the numbers of two players—Mark Aguirre and Brad Davis. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Dallas Mavericks basketball tickets.
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2016 Mavericks Season Preview
The 2015-2016 season for the Dallas Mavericks was one where they defied all odds by finishing second in the Southwest division and sixth in the Western Conference with a 42-40 record. Much of the Mavericks success was due to the excellent head-coaching skills from Rick Carlisle, who was able to finish the season on a high-note when critics expected Dallas to have a disappointing season. As the Dallas Mavericks enter the 2016-2017 season their prospects are looking good with a more talented team behind Carlisle. The Mavericks have signed two free agents from the 2015 championship Golden Warriors, Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, who should flourish under the Dallas coaching style. Young players Justin Anderson and Dwight Powell had an excellent season last year with the energy and impactful dunks they brought to the court. As the young players’ skills combine with star power veterans Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams, the Mavericks will be a force to reckoned with in the Western Conference. Come to TicketCity for the some of the best deals on home or away Dallas Mavericks’ tickets!
Dallas Mavericks Basketball at American Airlines Center Address: 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75219
The Mavericks play their home games at the American Airlines Center, located in Dallas, Texas. When filled to capacity, American Airlines Center holds more than 19 thousand screaming fans. A state-of-the-art seating system allows the arena to host both the Mavericks and the NHL's Stars without hindering the sightlines of any of their fans. The Dallas Mavericks home bench is on the American Airlines Center sideline in front of sections 117-118. AAC parking information is covered in our Mavericks event guide.
Mavericks vs. Suns
In the mid-2000s this matchup was often times voted as the most intense rivalry in the NBA. This rivalry took off when star point guard Steve Nash departed Dallas for Phoenix and with both franchises meeting in the playoffs on a consistent basis. Both teams were usually at the top of the standings when they met, which only heightened this entertaining matchup.
This rivalry spiked in the 2000s when both teams met in the playoffs on a consistent basis. With stakes at its highest, the intensity level of these matchups was tough to top. These two teams were consistently fighting for an NBA title which only heightened the rivalry and has made this one of the better matchups in the NBA.
Mavericks vs. Heat
This rivalry became nationally known when the Mavericks defeated the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. With both franchises featuring star players and high profile owners, it is only natural for this to be one of the better rivalries in the NBA. As both teams continue to be contenders, this rivalry will only get better.
As state rivals and linked by Interstate 45, these two teams are always battling for bragging rights. The intensity level and physical play seems to be at its highest when these two teams meet. Both teams have taken turns dominating the series with the Mavericks holding the edge during the playoffs.
Mavericks in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
As a member of the NBA since 1980, the Mavericks have established themselves as one of the more accomplished franchises. With multiple conference championships to go along with their 2+ division titles, Dallas is always near the top of the NBA standings. The highlight of the franchise came in 2011 with an NBA Championship.
2015 Dallas Mavericks Season Preview
The Dallas Mavericks may have had the most tumultuous offseason of any team in the NBA. After agreeing to a contract with top free agent DeAndre Jordan, the Mavs looked to be contenders in 2015. But a week later, Jordan had backed out of the deal, and center Tyson Chandler had departed for the Suns. The Mavericks rallied, in signing Deron Williams, and Will Matthews, and a number of other solid pieces that has the team believing they can contend. The biggest question mark surrounding the 2015 Dallas Mavericks team, is who will fill the scoring hole left by the departure of Monta Ellis? Dirk Nowitzki will likely see less minutes than last season, and the onus of generating shots will fall on Williams and Devin Harris. Look for the Dallas Mavericks to compete in a very difficult western conference, and to be in line for a lower seed in the NBA playoffs.
2014 Dallas Mavericks Season Preview
The Dallas Mavericks had an improved season in 2013. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000, the Mavericks came into 2012 with a revamped roster and finished with 49 wins, which was good enough for 8th in the Western Conference. Dallas went on to push the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to 7 games in the NBA playoffs and almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in playoff history. In the off season the Mavericks made major roster moves and come into the 2014 NBA season with a significant improvement in talent. The Mavericks brought back Tyson Chandler, who was one of the corner pieces of their 2010 NBA championship team, and who is still one of the best defensive centers in the NBA. Dallas also signed forward Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets, and he looks to team up with Dirk Nowitzki in one of the most dangerous front courts in basketball. Other newcomers are veterans Richard Jefferson, Jameer Nelson, and Raymond Felton. The 2014-15 Dallas Mavericks look to be one of the most talented teams in the NBA’s Western Conference and should have a great opportunity to push for one of the West’s top 4 playoff seeds.
2013 Dallas Mavericks Season Preview
The Mavericks were able to salvage a .500 record in the 2012-13 season after starting 26-33, but that’s still not good enough for Dallas fans used to more success in the American Airlines Center. The big offseason move was to bring aboard O.J. Mayo to help with perimeter shooting, but he’s off to Milwaukee this year and the Mavs have brought about Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon to help get back into the postseason. Ellis will help Dirk Nowitzki with scoring ball, as the 28-year old put up 19.2 points per game last season for the Bucks, along with six assists and 2.1 steals. Dirk and Shawn Marion will continue to lead this Dallas team that needs to be more successful in the rebounding game to be considered one of the West’s elite teams once again. While the Mavs will likely not finish in first place this, they should be looking towards a good spot in the playoffs to make a run at the NBA Finals.
2012 Dallas Mavericks Season 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.
2011 Dallas Mavericks Season 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.
2010 Dallas Mavericks Season 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.
2009 Dallas Mavericks Season 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.