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.