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The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team based in Dallasmarker, Texasmarker, USAmarker. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Founded in 1980, the Mavericks have won two division titles and one conference championship. According to a 2008 Forbes Magazine report, they are the seventh most valuable basketball franchise in the United States, valued at approximately $466 million; the franchise is surpassed in value only by the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Houston Rockets.


Dallas Mavericks Original Logo used from 1980–2001 (script logo used from 1991–2001).
This logo was created by Texas professional graphic artist Patrick B.
1979, businessman Don Carter and partner Norm Sonju requested the right to bring an NBA franchise to Dallasmarker, Texasmarker. The last professional basketball team in Dallas had been the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association, which moved to San Antoniomarker in 1973 to become the San Antonio Spurs.

At the 1980 NBA All-Star Game, league owners voted to admit the new team, with the team's name coming from the 1957–1962 TV western Maverick. James Garner, who played the namesake character, was a member of the ownership group. There was some controversy at the time since the University of Texas at Arlingtonmarker also uses the Mavericks nickname. They joined the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, where they would stay until the league went to six divisions for the 2004–05 season. Dick Motta, who had guided the Washington Bullets to the NBA Championship in 1977–78, was hired as the team's first head coach. He had a well-earned reputation of being a stern disciplinarian, but was also a great teacher of the game.

Kiki Vandeweghe of UCLA was drafted by the Mavs with the 11th pick of the 1980 NBA Draft, but Vandeweghe refused to play for the expansion Mavericks and staged a holdout that lasted a month into the team's inaugural season. Vandeweghe was traded to the Denver Nuggets, along with a first-round pick in 1981, in exchange for two future first-round picks that eventually materialized into Rolando Blackman in 1981 and Sam Perkins in 1984.

In the Mavericks' debut game, taking place in the brand-new Reunion Arenamarker, the Mavericks stunned the Spurs, 103–92. But the Mavs started the season with a discouraging 6–40 record on their way to finishing 15–67. However, the Mavericks did make a player acquisition that, while it seemed minor at the time, turned out to play a very important role in the early years of their franchise. Journeyman 6'3" guard Brad Davis, who played for the Anchorage Northern Knights of the Continental Basketball Association, was tracked down and signed by the Mavs in December. At the time, there was absolutely no reason to expect that Davis would be any better than the expansion-level talent the Mavs had. But he started the Mavs' final 26 games, led the team in assists, and his career soared. He spent the next twelve years with the Mavericks, and eventually his #15 jersey was retired.

The 1981 NBA Draft brought three players who would become vital parts of the team. The Mavs selected 6'6" forward Mark Aguirre with the first pick, 6'6" guard Rolando Blackman 9th, and 6'7" forward Jay Vincent 24th. By the end of his seven-year Mavs career, Aguirre would average 24.6 points per game. Blackman contributed 19.2 points over his 11-year career in Dallas.

But it was Jay Vincent who made the biggest difference for the Mavs in their second season, leading the team in scoring with 21.4 points per game and earning NBA All-Rookie Team honors. The Mavericks improved to 28–54, getting out of the Midwest Division cellar as they finished above the Utah Jazz.


During their expansion season of 1980–81, the Mavericks road uniform colors were royal blue with green and white trim, but the green and blue were reversed one season later, and green was the dominant road uniform color through the early-1990s. However, in the 1993-94 season, they were reverted back to their original road uniform scheme from their expansion season, with minor alterations to the "Dallas" script, a design that the Mavericks used until 2001. From 1980-2001, the home white uniforms had "Mavericks" in blue, with green and white trim, with a few minor alterations to the "Mavericks" script during the 1990s.

In the 2001-02 NBA season, the Mavericks drastically updated their logos and uniforms, with a new color scheme of midnight blue, royal blue and silver. The new uniforms consist of a "Dallas" script on both the home and road jerseys. On the home jersey, "Dallas" is in midnight blue across the chest and the numbers are in royal blue with silver trim, while on the road jersey, "Dallas" is in white, with the numbers in silver and white trim.

In the 2003-04 NBA season, the Mavericks debuted their shiny silver alternate uniforms, with "Mavericks" in white and royal blue trim, with blue numerals. However, it proved to be unpopular with fans, and it was scrapped after just one game (at Lakers on October 28, 2003).

In the 2004–05 NBA season, the Mavericks introduced an alternate green uniform similar to their 1980s road uniforms. They were designed by rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and featured "Mavs" in white on the front side of the jersey with blue trim, and the numbers in silver with white trim above the script on the left chest.

On September 21, 2009, the Mavericks unveiled a new alternate royal blue uniform with the same "Mavs" script, replacing the green uniform .

Head coaches

There have been nine head coaches for the Mavericks franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Dick Motta, who served for two non-consecutive stints, and coached for nine seasons with the Mavericks. Motta is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (738); Don Nelson, Donnie Nelson's father, is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season game wins (339); Avery Johnson is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (47), the most playoff-game wins (23), and the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.735). Nelson is also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Johnson is the only coach to have ever won the Western Conference championship, but lost the 2006 NBA Finals to the Miami Heat. Johnson is also the only Mavericks coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 2005–06 season. Quinn Buckner, Jim Cleamons, and Johnson have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Mavericks. None of the Mavericks coaches have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Rick Carlisle has been the head coach of the Mavericks since 2008.__FORCETOC__

Season-by-season records

This is a list of seasons completed by the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.

Dallas Mavericks
1980–81 15 67 .183
1981–82 28 54 .341
1982–83 38 44 .463
1983–84 43 39 .524 Won First Round

Lost Conference Semifinals
Dallas 3, Seattle 2

Los Angeles 4, Dallas 1
1984–85 44 38 .537 Lost First Round Portland 3, Dallas 1
1985–86 44 38 .537 Won First Round

Lost Conference Semifinals
Dallas 3, Utah 1

L.A. Lakers 4, Dallas 2
1986–87 55 27 .671 Lost First Round Seattle 3, Dallas 1
1987–88 53 29 .646 Won First Round

Won Conference Semifinals

Lost Conference Finals
Dallas 3, Houston 1

Dallas 4, Denver 2

L.A. Lakers 4, Dallas 3
1988–89 38 44 .463
1989–90 47 35 .573 Lost First Round Portland 3, Dallas 0
1990–91 28 54 .341
1991–92 22 60 .268
1992–93 11 71 .134
1993–94 13 69 .159
1994–95 36 46 .439
1995–96 26 56 .317
1996–97 24 58 .293
1997–98 20 62 .244
1998–99 19 31 .380
1999–2000 40 42 .488
2000–01 53 29 .646 Won First Round

Lost Conference Semifinals
Dallas 3, Utah 2

San Antonio 4, Dallas 1
2001–02 57 25 .695 Won First Round

Lost Conference Semifinals
Dallas 3, Minnesota 0

Sacramento 4, Dallas 1
2002–03 60 22 .732 Won First Round

Won Conference Semifinals

Lost Conference Finals
Dallas 4, Portland 3

Dallas 4, Sacramento 3

San Antonio 4, Dallas 2
2003–04 52 30 .634 Lost First Round Sacramento 4, Dallas 1
2004–05 58 24 .707 Won First Round

Lost Conference Semifinals
Dallas 4, Houston 3

Phoenix 4, Dallas 2
2005–06 60 22 .732 Won First Round

Won Conference Semifinals

Won Conference Finals

Lost NBA Finals
Dallas 4, Memphis 0

Dallas 4, San Antonio 3

Dallas 4, Phoenix 2

Miami 4, Dallas 2
2006–07 67 15 .817 Lost First Round Golden State 4, Dallas 2
2007–08 51 31 .622 Lost First Round New Orleans 4, Dallas 1
2008–09 50 32 .610 Won First Round

Lost Conference Semifinals
Dallas 4, San Antonio 1

Denver 4, Dallas 1

Home arenas



Current roster

International Rights

G/F Shan Foster 2008 NBA Draft 51st pick

Notable players


Retired numbers


  1. Forbes: NBA Team Valuations
  2. Dallas Mavericks - Chris Creamer's Sports Logos Page

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