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Team Spotlight Dallas Mavericks

Posted on November 05 2019

Sometimes referred to as the Mavs, the Dallas Mavericks are based in Dallas, Texas. As members of the NBA (National Basketball Association), they play American professional basketball in the Western Conference Southwest Division of the league. Sharing their home base with the Dallas Stars (NHL Team), they play at the American Airline's Center. The colors of the Mavericks have involved black, silver, navy blue, and royal blue.

The birth of the Mavericks from 1978 to 1981 was the beginning of something wonderful. It didn't take long for the Mavericks to become serious contenders for the playoffs from 1982 to 1983. A rebuilding phase was experienced from 1990 to 1998, however. New life was breathed back into the team with the arrival of Jason Kidd, around 1994.

The antidrug policy by the NBA gave any number of teams a headache. The Mavericks would not be spared.

For the most part, the entire team was redesigned between 1996 and 1998. Player changes were abundant.

Team Spotlight Dallas Mavericks

A Fresh Start Of Sorts

The team experienced a new beginning of sorts between the years 1998 and 2001. The team was led to a winning home record in part by players Gary Trent and Michael Finley. With a 57-25 record, the Mavericks experienced a stellar season between 2001 and 2002. During this time, they also changed their colors and logo. Two blockbuster trades marked the 2003 to 2004 season.

Don Nelson resigned in the 2004 to 2005 season, leaving the team in the hands of Avery Johnson, his assistant. The Mavs’ first finals appearance occurred from 2005 to 2006. In a 67-15 2000 season, the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki played a major role. In fact, the NBA MVP award went to Nowitzki.

A Mixture of Troubles and Blessings

The return of Jason Kidd helped mark the 2007 to 2008 season, but the Mavs were eliminated in the playoffs. Following the 2008 season, a fall to the Nuggets would end the playoff chances for the Mavericks in 2009. After making it to the playoffs in 2010, they once again lost. This time to the San Antonio Spurs.

Finally, a championship was realized in the 2010 to 2011 season. Sadly, an absence from the playoffs and post-championship struggles marked the following seasons between 2011 and 2013.

There was a return to the playoffs in the seasons between 2013 and 2016. In 2014, they lost a tough playoff contest to the Spurs. They were knocked out again, this time by the Oklahoma Thunder, in April 2016.

In the 2016 to 2017 season, the Mavericks did not make the playoffs. Things only got worse when the team had one of their worst seasons ever from 2017 to 2018.

Home of the Mavericks

Nestled in the heart of Victory Park, the AAC (a.k.a. American Airlines Center) is the home of the Mavericks. It is located in downtown Dallas’ entertainment district. Before making their way to the entry doors, fans have pregame drinks and dinner and fill the bustling game day location with hopeful shouts of a much anticipated victory.

The 18-year-old American Airlines Center’s field size measures approximately 840,000 square feet. It can hold 21,000 fans at a concert, between 18,502 and 19,300 for ice hockey, and between 19,020 and 21,000 for basketball (these are approximate and include standing room). Technically, the American Airlines Center contains 20,000 seats.

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