About Dallas Mavericks
History of the Dallas Mavericks
Even though the Dallas Mavericks are now known as the only professional basketball team in Dallas, they do not hold the distinction of being the first professional basketball franchise in the city. Over ten years before their inaugural season, the city was home to the Dallas Chaparrals of the upstart American Basketball Association. Competing with the NBA was a tall order for the ABA and in 1973 the Chaparrals left Dallas to become the San Antonio Spurs. The ABA failed to compete with the NBA and would eventually merge with the dominant professional basketball league, leaving Dallas without a franchise for seven years. In 1980, the city got their team, when the Mavericks joined the NBA as its newest expansion franchise. After the growing pains of being an expansion team, the Mavericks were able to qualify for the NBA Playoffs in only their fourth year in the NBA and by 1985 the Mavericks became true contenders with players like Rolando Blackman, Detlef Schrempf and Mark Aguirre leading the way. In 1986, they posted a then-franchise best record of 55-27 but were eliminated in the first round of the postseason that year by the Seattle Supersonics. From 1985 to 1988, they were one of the best teams each year and in 1988 were one game from qualifying for the NBA Finals, before losing in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The early 1990's saw a steep decline for the Dallas Mavericks as they became among the league's worst. The franchise's desire to win never wavered, though, as through the draft they added players like Jamal Mashburn, Jason Kidd and Jimmy Jackson, who they hoped would bring them back to prominence. Although they improved, the team was unable to reach contender status. The turning point for the franchise was when internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban purchased the team in 2000. His excitement and desire pumped new life into the struggling franchise. Over the following years the Mavs built their team around superstar Dirk Nowitzki and by 2006 they advanced to somewhere they had never been before: the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, they ran into a Miami Heat team that featured two of the league's best in Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade. The Mavericks lost the series in six games. The Mavs got their revenge on the Heat in 2011, winning the NBA Championship in Miami. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd took down one of the best teams of all time when the beat the Heat in the first year of their "Big Three" era. As they go for their second title, let TicketNetwork help connect you to the Dallas Mavericks tickets you want for a game this season.
In the 2017-18 Dallas Mavericks season, the team experienced their first 50+ loss season in 20 years, finishing the season with a record of 24-58. Owner Mark Cuban and his franchise will be looking to improve in this upcoming season with the help of some returning players and new talent added to the roster. Center Dirk Nowistzki re-signed with the Mavericks for the 2018-19 season, making this his twentieth season with the team. Nowistzki is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the NBA. He is only one of seven players to play at least twenty seasons in the NBA and is the second player to do so with a single franchise. He is currently number six on the all-time career scoring leaders list with 31,187 points. Nowistzki has led his team to fifteen playoff appearances and is hoping to lead them to their sixteenth this year. As well as Nowistzki returning, the Mavericks will be welcoming new players to their roster. DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers signed with the Mavericks as well as Terry Larrier from the University of Connecticut. In the 2018 NBA Draft, the Mavericks acquired Luka Dončić from Real Madrid (pick #3), Jalen Brunson from Villanova (pick #33), Ray Spalding from Louisville (pick #57), and Kostas Antetokounmpo from University of Dayton (pick #60). Kostas Antetokounmpo is the younger brother of the Milwaukee Buck’s “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo. General manager Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle are hopeful that the new additions will prove to do well for this Dallas Mavericks team.
The 2018-19 Dallas Mavericks season is set to begin on October 17th at Talking Stick Resort Arena against the Phoenix Suns. Their first home game of the season at the American Airlines Center will be on October 20th against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavericks are scheduled to meet one of their rivals – the Miami Heat – on February 13, 2019. Throughout the season the Mavericks will have to face their division rivals including the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, and Memphis Grizzlies. In a very competitive Western Conference, the Mavericks will have to fight for spot in the postseason. The Mavericks have not made a playoff appearance since the 2015-16 season. Will this be the year the Mavericks can return? There is only one way to find out! TicketNetwork is your access to all Dallas Mavericks tickets. If you want to see your favorite NBA team fight for a chance at the playoffs, make sure to grab your Dallas Mavericks tickets today!