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2020-21 Season

Season Recap: The Mavs went 42–30 and won the Southwest Division championship behind another sensational season from 21-year-old Luka Doncic, who was named First-Team All-NBA. He led Dallas with 27.7 points and 8.6 assists a game. Unfortunately, Doncic was not at full health come playoff time and the Mavs fell to the Clippers in the opening round. Kristaps Prozingis averaged over 20 points a game and led the team in rebounding.

April 26, 2021: Luka Doncic was named Player of the Week for the third time in 2020–21. He scored 78 points in three Dallas victories, with 30 assists and 27 rebounds.

Season Preview: Luka Doncic is everyone’s pick to be the league MVP, but what does that mean for the Mavs in 2021? If the talented Kristaps Porzingis recovers from his 2020 playoff injury—and their three draft picks grow up quickly—the Mavericks could be a dangerous playoff team. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Richardson give the team quality veterans to help Doncic slice through enemy defenses.

2019-20 Season

August 17, 2020: Luka Doncic set a record with 42 points in an opening-round playoff loss to the Clippers. He is the first player in history to top 40 points in his first-ever postseason game.

Season Preview: When Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy and playing together, they are tougher to stop than they are to spell. If that happens, the Mavs should be fine in their first season without Dirk Nowitzki. They’ll need contributions from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Delon Wright, as well as a good bench in order to have success beyond the regular season.

2018-19 Season

Season Recap: The Mavs missed the playoffs but found a replacement for departing Dirk Nowitzki when they traded for Kristpas Porzingis. It cost Dallas young point guard Dennis Smith Jr., however the club has plenty of talent—including super rookie Luka Doncic, who took the NBA by storm at the age of 20. Doncic led the team in scoring with 21.2 points and assists with 6.0 per game. He also averaged close to eight rebounds.

January 21, 2019: Rookie Luca Doncic had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a loss to the Bucks. At 19, he became the second-youngest player in history to record a triple-double.

December 13, 2018: Dirk Nowitzki played his first game of the season, making it 21 years in a row playing for the same team. That broke Kobe Bryant’s record of 20 seasons, with the Lakers.

Season Preview: All eyes will be in rookie Luka Doncic in 2018–19, as he takes the load off of all-time great Dirk Nowitzki in his final season. He will be supported by a solid front line, including center DeAndre Jordan and forward Harrison Barnes. If Doncic meshes with point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavs have a shot at a playoff berth and maybe more.

2017-18 Season

Season Recap: The rebuilding Mavericks lost 50 games for the first time since the 1990s and did not have a winning month during the season. Veteran starters Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barrea, and Wes Matthews provided leadership, while first-round draft pick Dennis Smith was among the team leaders in points and assists.

Season Preview: Will 2017–18 be the “Dirk and Dennis Show?” Tat would be something. If old-timer Dirk Nowitzki stays healthy and rookie leader Dennis Smith Jr. develops quickly, the Mavs could have a winning season—and be set for the future. Harrison Barnes, Nerlen Noels, and Seth Curry are all quality role players.

2016-17 Season

Season Recap: Dallas suffered its first losing season in 17 years, finishing at the bottom of the division standings. At age 38, Dirk Nowitzki missed 28 games and had his lowest-scoring season since his rookie year. Harrison Barnes, signed away from the Warriors, was the team’s best player.

2015-16 Season

Season Preview: The Mavs thought they would begin the season with big man DeAndre Jordan, but he surprised them and signed with the Clippers. That leaves a hole in the lineup that could be impossible to fill. Dirk Nowitzki will try, with help from guards Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams.

2014-15 Season

Season Recap: The Mavs solved their point guard problem by trading for Rajon Rondo early in the year, but he could not push Dallas past the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki moved into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time points list, and Monta Ellis led the club in scoring.

January 15, 2015: Dirk Nowitzki moved past Moses Malone to become the league’s 7th all-time leading scorer. Ten days, early, Nowitzki had moved past Elvin Hayes into 8th place.

Season Preview: After losing to the Spurs in the playoffs, the Mavs added the talent they need to get past San Antonio in 2014–15. Tyson Chandler has returned to Dallas—where he was a key to the team’s NBA championship—joining Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons on a talented and versatile front line. The backcourt of Monta Ellis, Jameer Nelson, and Devin Harris is excellent, too.

2013-14 Season

November 11, 2014—Dirk Nowitzki, who came to the NBA from Germany, became the highest-scoring player born outside the United States. He passed Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who is from Nigeria.

Season Recap: After missing the playoffs in 2012–13, the Mavericks returned to the postseason with a 49–33 record. Dirk Nowitzki and newcomer Monta Ellis led the Mavs, along with super-sub Vince Carter. Dallas had to play the top-ranked Spurs in the opening round of the playoffs, and nearly beat them—losing the series in seven games.

More Go-To Guys

Steve Nash’s numbers really took off after the Mavs traded him to the Suns in 2004, but he was great while playing in Dallas. (Sports Illustrated for Kids)

  • Jay Vincent — 6′ 7″ Forward
    Born: 6/10/1959
    Played for Team: 1981–82 to 1985–86
    The Mavs drafted college scoring champ Jay Vincent in the second round and he kept on hitting buckets in the pros. Vincent averaged over 20 points a game as a rookie for Dallas. His younger brother, Sam, also played in the NBA.

  • James Donaldson — 7′ 2″ Center
    Born: 8/16/1957
    Played for Team: 1985–86 to 1991–92
    James Donaldson blocked shots and hauled down rebounds for Dallas while his more glamorous teammates—Mark Aguirre, Derek Harper, Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman—did most of the shooting. In 1988, Donaldson made the All-Star team and later led the Mavs to the conference finals. In 2009, he ran for mayor of Seattle and finished fourth.

  • Steve Nash — 6′ 3″ Guard
    Born: 2/7/1974
    Played for Team: 1998–99 to 2003–04
    Steve Nash was an All-Star twice with the Mavericks. He finished among the Top 10 in the NBA in assists three times in six seasons and the team had a winning record every year he was a starter.

  • Josh Howard — 6′ 7″ Forward
    Born: 4/28/1980
    Played for Team: 2003–04 to 2009–10
    Josh Howard played basketball with great focus and energy. He was one of the Mavs’ top defensive players and had a knack for playing his best in big games. He was a member of the All-Rookie Team and also played in the 2007 All-Star Game.

  • Shawn Marion — 6′ 7″ Forward
    Born: 5/7/1978
    First Season with Team: 2009–10
    Shawn Marion was the piece the Mavs were missing from their championship puzzle. A great athlete who can play any position on the court, he helped Dallas win the NBA title in 2011.

More Fun Facts

Few players in NBA history have been as good as Shawn Marion at so many parts of the game. Now he has the numbers to prove it. (Donruss/Panini America)

    In early 2014, forward Shawn Marion scored his 17,000th point. He became one of just four players to reach that mark and also have 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, and 1,000 blocks. The other three players are Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, and Kevin Garnett.

    Steve Nash could have been a pro in at least two other sports—hockey and soccer. His father, John Nash, was a professional soccer player from South Africa. He moved the family to Canada when Steve was a boy, where he started playing youth hockey.

    Team owner Mark Cuban made his fortune in the computer software business. He moved to Dallas at age 24 and got his first job for a computer store—and was fired nine months later. The company he started after that ended up being worth over $5 billion.

League Leaders

Well, not too many Mavs have led the NBA in major categories. That’s OK, because at 7’6″, Shawn Bradley needs all the space he can get. (Fleer Corp.)

    No member of the team has led the league in scoring.

    No member of the team has led the league in rebounding.

    No member of the team has led the league in assists.


    No member of the team has led the league in steals.

    1995–96 — Shawn Bradley — 3.4*

    Blocks did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

    * Also played for the New Jersey Nets

Playing for the Championship

This ticket stub from the 2011 Finals shows team leader Jason Kidd. The Mavs made a huge comeback in this game, and Dirk Nowitzki scored on a drive to win 95–93. (Dallas Mavericks)


2005–06 Miami Heat Lost 2–4
2010–11 Miami Heat Won 4–2

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