Dallas Mavericks Team Stats 2021 Mavericks Team Stats

42-30, 1st in West Southwest

After entering the NBA as an expansion team in 1980, the Dallas Mavericks experienced reasonable success during their first decade. Following an initially lean three-season stretch, Dallas made the Western Conference playoffs six out of seven seasons. The scoring numbers for offense and defense are virtually identical. This certainly accounts for the Mavericks' starting the new season with only average results. Dallas made minimal changes to last season's roster, relying heavily on current All-Star and MVP candidate Luka Dončić. Last season, the Mavericks climbed to the third-best scoring team in the league. While the offensive production has dropped off slightly, Dallas has started the 2020-21 season improved on the defensive end of the court.

Home Record: 0-1 Away Record: 1-2 Conference Record: 1-2 Division Record: 0-1
Head Coach: Rick Carlisle Assitant Coach: Jamahl Mosley Assitant Coach: Mike Weinar Assitant Coach: Zach Guthrie
Assitant Coach: Jenny Boucek Assitant Coach: Darrell Armstrong General Manager: Donn Nelson Arena:

Mavericks Team Stats

Team Ratings Offense Stats Defense Stats
Overall OFF RTG DEF RTG PPG ORB AST TO FGM FGA 3PA 3-PM FG% 3PT% FT% Pace PPG Allow DRB AST Allow STL BLK FG% Allow 3P% Allow FORCE TO
112.4
657
1647
823
2958
6287
2744
994
47
36.2
77.8
110.2
2463
1631
450
312
46
36.5
908

Mavericks Team Rankings

Team Rankings Offense Rankings Defense Rankings
Overall OFF RTG DEF RTG PPG ORB AST TO FGM FGA 3PA 3-PM FG% 3PT% FT% Pace PPG Allow DRB AST Allow STL BLK FG% Allow 3P% Allow FORCE TO
17
25
26
3
18
22
6
8
13
18
15
9
17
2
30
26
8
15
27

Mavericks Team Offensive Stats

Opponent Vegas Points Scored Shooting Rebounding Assists TO
Date Team Spread ML O/U TOT PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS FGA FGM 3PTA 3PTM 3PT% FG% DREB OREB TOT REB TOT ASS TO
5/25/21 LAC -4.5 -300 216 127 35 36 30 26 82 48 34 18 52.9 58.5 30 4 34 25 11
5/22/21 LAC -6 -240 217.5 113 33 27 26 27 76 38 36 17 47.2 50 32 10 42 22 12
5/16/21 MIN 0 0 0 121 22 38 35 26 91 44 38 16 42.1 48.4 27 11 38 32 16
5/14/21 TOR 0 0 0 114 31 35 26 22 90 39 42 17 40.5 43.3 31 11 42 27 8
5/12/21 NOP 0 0 0 125 32 45 34 14 96 47 45 15 33.3 49 39 9 48 23 8
5/12/21 NOP 0 0 0 125 32 45 34 14 96 47 45 15 33.3 49 39 9 48 23 8
5/11/21 MEM 0 0 0 104 27 30 25 22 88 37 38 12 31.6 42 22 13 35 23 12
5/9/21 CLE 0 0 0 124 39 25 34 26 93 50 39 15 38.5 53.8 34 8 42 33 10
5/7/21 CLE 0 0 0 110 33 29 24 24 83 41 32 10 31.3 49.4 36 9 45 21 9
5/6/21 BKN 0 0 0 113 37 26 19 31 89 40 34 15 44.1 44.9 39 12 51 23 12
5/4/21 MIA 0 0 0 127 30 33 35 29 87 46 48 22 45.8 52.9 32 12 44 26 13
5/2/21 SAC 0 0 0 99 26 28 18 27 81 34 35 6 17.1 42 27 13 40 16 16
5/1/21 WAS 0 0 0 125 38 32 19 36 87 47 38 17 44.7 54 29 7 36 31 11
4/29/21 DET 0 0 0 115 26 34 26 29 89 40 30 13 43.3 44.9 27 8 35 22 11
4/27/21 GSW 0 0 0 133 36 26 41 30 92 48 35 18 51.4 52.2 41 9 50 21 13
4/26/21 SAC 0 0 0 106 17 35 33 21 92 43 42 12 28.6 46.7 26 14 40 24 10
4/24/21 LAL 0 0 0 108 23 23 33 29 78 38 30 13 43.3 48.7 41 10 51 26 16
4/22/21 LAL 0 0 0 115 31 31 32 21 82 40 24 9 37.5 48.8 29 9 38 23 12
4/21/21 DET 0 0 0 127 33 34 33 27 92 46 43 16 37.2 50 32 11 43 25 6
4/18/21 SAC 0 0 0 107 20 30 27 30 87 39 48 16 33.3 44.8 32 10 42 15 14
4/16/21 NYK 0 0 0 109 25 27 27 30 91 40 45 15 33.3 44 31 10 41 30 9
4/14/21 MEM 0 0 0 114 32 25 26 31 88 44 40 13 32.5 50 37 8 45 25 11
4/12/21 PHI 0 0 0 95 26 22 21 26 83 35 36 9 25 42.2 35 11 46 16 15
4/12/21 PHI 0 0 0 95 26 22 21 26 83 35 36 9 25 42.2 35 11 46 16 15
4/11/21 SAS 0 0 0 117 26 30 33 28 94 45 42 13 31 47.9 26 11 37 25 12
4/8/21 MIL 0 0 0 116 29 26 25 36 97 43 45 17 37.8 44.3 41 15 56 23 11
4/7/21 HOU 0 0 0 93 23 19 22 29 87 33 39 10 25.6 37.9 35 11 46 16 9
4/5/21 UTA 0 0 0 111 27 23 37 24 91 41 49 23 46.9 45.1 34 10 44 22 9
4/3/21 WAS 0 0 0 109 24 28 23 34 90 40 30 10 33.3 44.4 36 14 50 17 7
4/2/21 NYK 0 0 0 99 22 27 23 27 88 41 37 12 32.4 46.6 43 4 47 19 10
3/29/21 OKC 0 0 0 127 33 38 29 27 96 51 44 16 36.4 53.1 35 8 43 30 8
3/27/21 NOP 0 0 0 103 20 33 25 25 83 37 31 10 32.3 44.6 28 10 38 19 7
3/26/21 IND 0 0 0 94 29 19 27 19 95 39 35 8 22.9 41.1 36 15 51 17 15
3/24/21 MIN 0 0 0 128 30 26 32 40 99 48 44 16 36.4 48.5 38 14 52 27 10
3/21/21 POR 0 0 0 132 27 38 38 29 86 48 37 19 51.4 55.8 44 8 52 23 10
3/19/21 POR 0 0 0 119 33 27 38 21 81 44 42 19 45.2 54.3 34 5 39 25 12
3/17/21 LAC 0 0 0 105 24 32 21 28 79 40 34 15 44.1 50.6 37 6 43 14 18
3/13/21 DEN 0 0 0 116 28 34 31 23 86 42 46 18 39.1 48.8 37 12 49 26 8
3/11/21 OKC 0 0 0 108 19 28 27 34 82 35 34 15 44.1 42.7 31 6 37 20 6
3/10/21 SAS 0 0 0 115 27 25 35 28 83 43 40 13 32.5 51.8 38 13 51 29 14
3/3/21 OKC 0 0 0 87 25 24 26 12 83 32 40 8 20 38.6 46 7 53 18 12
3/1/21 ORL 0 0 0 130 29 32 34 35 90 47 46 17 37 52.2 39 7 46 29 8
2/27/21 BKN 0 0 0 115 38 30 26 21 86 45 36 14 38.9 52.3 30 6 36 23 8
2/25/21 PHI 0 0 0 97 22 21 25 29 78 32 34 13 38.2 41 40 10 50 17 18
2/23/21 BOS 0 0 0 110 34 21 25 30 89 42 33 13 39.4 47.2 30 8 38 19 9
2/22/21 MEM 0 0 0 102 26 28 27 21 80 35 41 15 36.6 43.8 44 5 49 17 16
2/14/21 POR 0 0 0 118 25 36 30 27 81 40 41 14 34.1 49.4 25 10 35 19 12
2/12/21 NOP 0 0 0 143 27 42 39 35 88 51 45 25 55.6 58 32 5 37 30 6
2/10/21 ATL 0 0 0 118 33 19 29 37 84 43 35 14 40 51.2 33 4 37 25 9
2/8/21 MIN 0 0 0 127 43 28 24 32 87 45 34 12 35.3 51.7 38 10 48 30 14
2/6/21 GSW 0 0 0 134 35 37 34 28 96 44 47 21 44.7 45.8 32 15 47 27 14
2/4/21 GSW 0 0 0 116 34 42 20 20 92 38 50 20 40 41.3 32 10 42 26 10
2/3/21 ATL 0 0 0 122 26 27 35 34 93 43 40 13 32.5 46.2 32 13 45 27 10
2/1/21 PHX 0 0 0 108 22 31 29 26 86 37 32 10 31.3 43 35 7 42 16 14
1/30/21 PHX 0 0 0 105 28 27 27 23 83 44 29 9 31 53 32 6 38 22 15
1/29/21 UTA 0 0 0 101 12 33 23 33 86 37 33 9 27.3 43 32 8 40 20 11
1/27/21 UTA 0 0 0 104 19 29 30 26 91 42 35 12 34.3 46.2 32 4 36 22 8
1/25/21 DEN 0 0 0 113 31 27 36 19 84 41 32 11 34.4 48.8 26 8 34 26 11
1/23/21 HOU 0 0 0 108 27 32 24 25 83 37 25 5 20 44.6 26 10 36 15 10
1/22/21 SAS 0 0 0 122 37 31 27 27 93 45 39 14 35.9 48.4 35 7 42 23 5
1/20/21 IND 0 0 0 124 37 28 28 31 97 51 27 8 29.6 52.6 40 9 49 32 8
1/18/21 TOR 0 0 0 93 18 29 25 21 82 31 36 9 25 37.8 30 8 38 21 16
1/17/21 CHI 0 0 0 101 23 29 23 26 93 41 31 8 25.8 44.1 35 12 47 18 16
1/15/21 MIL 0 0 0 109 23 24 34 28 97 45 36 13 36.1 46.4 40 11 51 22 9
1/13/21 CHA 0 0 0 104 32 28 27 17 96 40 46 15 32.6 41.7 41 13 54 22 10
1/9/21 ORL 0 0 0 112 36 20 29 27 79 39 40 20 50 49.4 38 6 44 25 17
1/7/21 DEN 0 0 0 124 22 21 33 33 87 42 40 16 40 48.3 37 7 44 27 13
1/7/21 DEN 0 0 0 124 22 21 33 33 87 42 40 16 40 48.3 37 7 44 27 13
1/4/21 HOU 0 0 0 113 33 28 23 29 82 39 39 16 41 47.6 41 10 51 24 15
1/3/21 CHI 0 0 0 108 31 29 21 27 88 39 42 11 26.2 44.3 30 11 41 23 15
1/1/21 MIA 0 0 0 93 20 26 27 20 78 32 37 12 32.4 41 45 4 49 18 16
12/30/20 CHA 0 0 0 99 29 28 12 30 87 34 42 12 28.6 39.1 26 13 39 24 14
12/27/20 LAC 0 0 0 124 36 41 27 20 87 43 41 14 34.1 49.4 43 11 54 25 6
12/25/20 LAL 0 0 0 115 30 27 28 30 83 41 32 13 40.6 49.4 24 3 27 20 9
12/23/20 PHX 0 0 0 102 22 23 26 31 85 36 37 9 24.3 42.4 33 6 39 17 11

Mavericks Team Defensive Stats

Opponent Vegas Points Allowed Shooting (Allowed) Rebounding (Allowed) AST Allow Defensive
Date Team Spread ML O/U TOT PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS FGA FGM 3PTA 3PTM 3PT% FG% DREB OREB TOT REB TOT ASS BLK STL
5/25/21 LAC -4.5 +250 216 121 33 40 19 29 84 45 33 13 39.4 53.6 30 9 39 23 4 8
5/22/21 LAC -6 +200 217.5 103 30 25 25 23 84 37 40 11 27.5 44 26 13 39 22 3 2
5/16/21 MIN 0 0 0 136 38 38 37 23 90 49 40 17 42.5 54.4 27 11 38 35 5 5
5/14/21 TOR 0 0 0 110 26 26 31 27 85 42 38 13 34.2 49.4 40 4 44 19 3 4
5/12/21 NOP 0 0 0 107 30 28 22 27 87 36 28 7 25 41.4 33 11 44 18 2 4
5/12/21 NOP 0 0 0 107 30 28 22 27 87 36 28 7 25 41.4 33 11 44 18 2 4
5/11/21 MEM 0 0 0 133 28 32 36 37 89 51 33 16 48.5 57.3 34 10 44 32 2 8
5/9/21 CLE 0 0 0 97 30 23 19 25 86 33 31 11 35.5 38.4 28 10 38 18 7 9
5/7/21 CLE 0 0 0 90 19 18 28 25 83 32 29 6 20.7 38.6 32 11 43 17 7 7
5/6/21 BKN 0 0 0 109 32 30 21 26 95 41 37 13 35.1 43.2 41 10 51 18 3 10
5/4/21 MIA 0 0 0 113 39 15 23 36 84 39 41 18 43.9 46.4 31 8 39 30 4 6
5/2/21 SAC 0 0 0 111 36 25 26 24 81 45 28 11 39.3 55.6 30 8 38 27 4 12
5/1/21 WAS 0 0 0 124 26 39 32 27 91 47 19 6 31.6 51.6 32 14 46 19 4 6
4/29/21 DET 0 0 0 105 26 28 29 22 71 36 29 10 34.5 50.7 36 3 39 26 2 6
4/27/21 GSW 0 0 0 103 12 17 35 39 84 34 43 16 37.2 40.5 33 10 43 25 4 9
4/26/21 SAC 0 0 0 113 31 28 28 26 81 42 29 13 44.8 51.9 35 11 46 23 2 9
4/24/21 LAL 0 0 0 93 26 32 21 14 86 33 45 12 26.7 38.4 30 6 36 22 2 3
4/22/21 LAL 0 0 0 110 26 25 39 20 90 43 30 10 33.3 47.8 33 12 45 26 5 11
4/21/21 DET 0 0 0 117 36 22 32 27 79 40 32 13 40.6 50.6 35 7 42 30 2 8
4/18/21 SAC 0 0 0 121 22 45 20 34 89 44 24 11 45.8 49.4 32 10 42 22 8 3
4/16/21 NYK 0 0 0 117 34 22 27 34 86 44 28 14 50 51.2 36 9 45 22 7 6
4/14/21 MEM 0 0 0 113 34 26 29 24 89 42 34 13 38.2 47.2 34 10 44 27 2 4
4/12/21 PHI 0 0 0 113 30 30 28 25 80 39 31 12 38.7 48.8 34 6 40 24 3 7
4/12/21 PHI 0 0 0 113 30 30 28 25 80 39 31 12 38.7 48.8 34 6 40 24 3 7
4/11/21 SAS 0 0 0 119 26 25 37 31 83 45 21 8 38.1 54.2 31 10 41 20 3 5
4/8/21 MIL 0 0 0 101 31 25 28 17 100 38 33 12 36.4 38 38 14 52 16 8 6
4/7/21 HOU 0 0 0 102 24 23 28 27 88 38 44 17 38.6 43.2 39 10 49 21 5 4
4/5/21 UTA 0 0 0 103 25 17 27 34 88 37 44 12 27.3 42 34 14 48 20 3 2
4/3/21 WAS 0 0 0 87 19 28 20 20 86 35 25 5 20 40.7 35 9 44 12 4 7
4/2/21 NYK 0 0 0 86 25 21 23 17 89 32 38 12 31.6 36 34 9 43 18 2 6
3/29/21 OKC 0 0 0 106 24 39 20 23 81 38 26 9 34.6 46.9 37 10 47 17 3 11
3/27/21 NOP 0 0 0 112 35 18 27 32 81 42 26 9 34.6 51.9 34 8 42 20 4 2
3/26/21 IND 0 0 0 109 31 30 21 27 87 38 47 20 42.6 43.7 36 13 49 26 4 4
3/24/21 MIN 0 0 0 108 33 22 18 35 85 38 38 12 31.6 44.7 31 6 37 24 5 6
3/21/21 POR 0 0 0 92 30 24 15 23 89 34 41 9 22 38.2 24 9 33 17 3 4
3/19/21 POR 0 0 0 125 37 27 29 32 93 44 47 22 46.8 47.3 30 13 43 17 4 4
3/17/21 LAC 0 0 0 89 29 22 20 18 88 37 32 9 28.1 42 29 8 37 22 7 7
3/13/21 DEN 0 0 0 103 29 22 22 30 90 37 41 16 39 41.1 29 12 41 27 3 4
3/11/21 OKC 0 0 0 116 35 27 27 27 91 41 32 16 50 45.1 39 16 55 25 9 4
3/10/21 SAS 0 0 0 104 32 27 27 18 83 38 28 12 42.9 45.8 24 6 30 18 1 3
3/3/21 OKC 0 0 0 78 23 19 19 17 87 29 39 9 23.1 33.3 37 8 45 13 3 8
3/1/21 ORL 0 0 0 124 33 25 28 38 95 47 41 20 48.8 49.5 35 6 41 25 6 6
2/27/21 BKN 0 0 0 98 26 38 18 16 86 35 44 14 31.8 40.7 33 14 47 21 8 12
2/25/21 PHI 0 0 0 111 23 36 27 25 90 39 29 12 41.4 43.3 31 8 39 26 9 2
2/23/21 BOS 0 0 0 107 31 25 20 31 86 41 39 12 30.8 47.7 34 12 46 19 1 5
2/22/21 MEM 0 0 0 92 13 23 26 30 94 37 31 6 19.4 39.4 38 13 51 17 4 6
2/14/21 POR 0 0 0 121 34 24 45 18 85 45 40 18 45 52.9 26 10 36 15 6 5
2/12/21 NOP 0 0 0 130 34 31 36 29 90 48 37 17 45.9 53.3 29 9 38 31 2 4
2/10/21 ATL 0 0 0 117 32 30 28 27 88 40 39 14 35.9 45.5 33 9 42 27 3 3
2/8/21 MIN 0 0 0 122 22 29 26 45 91 42 42 18 42.9 46.2 34 7 41 27 7 4
2/6/21 GSW 0 0 0 132 31 33 37 31 86 46 45 20 44.4 53.5 34 6 40 27 0 5
2/4/21 GSW 0 0 0 147 36 38 36 37 89 51 43 22 51.2 57.3 41 4 45 37 3 2
2/3/21 ATL 0 0 0 116 22 34 27 33 90 45 38 14 36.8 50 33 13 46 31 7 8
2/1/21 PHX 0 0 0 109 22 25 30 32 92 43 35 13 37.1 46.7 34 11 45 19 7 9
1/30/21 PHX 0 0 0 111 29 26 22 34 81 37 22 10 45.5 45.7 33 9 42 22 4 5
1/29/21 UTA 0 0 0 120 37 24 33 26 87 38 48 20 41.7 43.7 39 17 56 21 4 6
1/27/21 UTA 0 0 0 116 32 37 31 16 91 42 41 16 39 46.2 39 11 50 20 7 4
1/25/21 DEN 0 0 0 117 38 32 22 25 79 40 35 15 42.9 50.6 35 14 49 25 4 11
1/23/21 HOU 0 0 0 133 38 32 34 29 86 47 37 16 43.2 54.7 39 13 52 28 4 7
1/22/21 SAS 0 0 0 117 34 24 27 32 89 41 28 12 42.9 46.1 40 9 49 21 2 3
1/20/21 IND 0 0 0 112 28 35 29 20 92 41 39 16 41 44.6 30 8 38 21 6 5
1/18/21 TOR 0 0 0 116 22 25 34 35 88 44 33 12 36.4 50 37 9 46 23 4 6
1/17/21 CHI 0 0 0 117 27 40 22 28 85 43 25 7 28 50.6 42 5 47 32 2 6
1/15/21 MIL 0 0 0 112 30 25 29 28 96 43 37 14 37.8 44.8 41 16 57 22 6 5
1/13/21 CHA 0 0 0 93 16 27 29 21 100 38 38 10 26.3 38 38 15 53 26 12 8
1/9/21 ORL 0 0 0 98 27 23 25 23 89 38 31 6 19.4 42.7 33 10 43 17 8 5
1/7/21 DEN 0 0 0 117 28 24 26 31 97 43 44 15 34.1 44.3 38 9 47 25 7 12
1/7/21 DEN 0 0 0 117 28 24 26 31 97 43 44 15 34.1 44.3 38 9 47 25 7 12
1/4/21 HOU 0 0 0 100 21 28 28 23 77 30 40 11 27.5 39 28 7 35 17 3 4
1/3/21 CHI 0 0 0 118 31 28 27 32 85 39 37 13 35.1 45.9 37 11 48 16 4 6
1/1/21 MIA 0 0 0 83 16 15 22 30 78 29 33 7 21.2 37.2 36 5 41 20 3 9
12/30/20 CHA 0 0 0 118 36 32 30 20 84 43 34 15 44.1 51.2 38 12 50 30 6 10
12/27/20 LAC 0 0 0 73 13 14 30 16 76 26 33 4 12.1 34.2 31 5 36 13 2 10
12/25/20 LAL 0 0 0 138 33 36 30 39 91 51 39 19 48.7 56 36 17 53 33 3 13
12/23/20 PHX 0 0 0 106 23 30 24 29 79 38 30 11 36.7 48.1 42 6 48 21 0 6

Mavericks Team Leaders

Points Per Game
L. Doncic
L. Doncic: 27.7
K. Porzingis: 20.1
T. Hardaway Jr.: 16.6
J. Brunson: 12.6
J. Richardson: 12.1
Assists Per Game
L. Doncic
L. Doncic: 8.6
J. Brunson: 3.5
J. Richardson: 2.6
J. Johnson: 2.2
T. Hardaway Jr.: 1.8
Rebounds Per Game
K. Porzingis
K. Porzingis: 8.9
L. Doncic: 8
D. Finney-Smith: 5.4
M. Kleber: 5.2
W. Cauley-Stein: 4.5
Steals Per Game
L. Doncic
L. Doncic: 1
J. Richardson: 1
D. Finney-Smith: 0.9
J. Johnson: 0.8
T. Burke: 0.6
Blocks per Game
K. Porzingis
K. Porzingis: 1.3
J. Johnson: 0.9
W. Cauley-Stein: 0.8
M. Kleber: 0.7
L. Doncic: 0.5

Mavericks Player Stats

NAME RTG MINS PTS AST REB STL Blk TO FG% FGM 3PTM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT%
Luka Doncic
94
2262 1830 567 527 64 36 281 47.9 647 192 548 35 0 344 471 73
Tim Hardaway Jr.
77
1985 1163 126 229 31 11 64 44.7 407 207 529 39.1 0 142 174 81.6
Dorian Finney-Smith
79
1921 590 102 326 52 25 48 47.2 220 119 302 39.4 0 31 41 75.6
Josh Richardson
78
1790 715 153 195 61 24 79 42.7 264 88 267 33 0 99 108 91.7
Jalen Brunson
77
1697 857 239 231 35 1 80 52.3 328 81 200 40.5 0 120 151 79.5
Maxi Kleber
74
1341 353 68 260 24 35 30 42.2 116 87 212 41 0 34 37 91.9
Kristaps Porzingis
90
1327 865 68 381 20 58 51 47.6 325 97 258 37.6 0 118 138 85.5
Dwight Powell
75
966 342 63 234 36 30 40 61.9 120 5 21 23.8 0 97 124 78.2
Trey Burke
73
911 411 81 54 36 7 33 42.8 151 58 164 35.4 0 51 57 89.5
Willie Cauley-Stein
74
906 280 35 236 21 43 29 63.2 115 1 11 9.1 0 49 78 62.8
James Johnson
74
539 202 48 91 18 19 28 43.4 79 16 60 26.7 0 28 47 59.6
Josh Green
74
445 101 28 78 16 3 17 45.2 42 4 25 16 0 13 23 56.5
Boban Marjanovic
77
271 156 10 128 2 6 12 50.8 62 1 8 12.5 0 31 38 81.6
Wesley Iwundu
69
251 50 8 46 6 1 13 34 17 2 18 11.1 0 14 17 82.4
Nate Hinton
70
93 41 8 9 7 2 5 35.7 15 4 19 21.1 0 7 10 70
Tyler Bey
69
71 18 3 19 0 1 3 31.8 7 1 4 25 0 3 5 60
Tyrell Terry
74
56 11 6 6 5 0 2 31.3 5 0 7 0 0 1 3 33.3

The 1990s weren't nearly as enjoyable for Mavericks' fans. Dallas made zero playoff appearances during the 1990s, including an abysmal two-year stretch starting in 1992 where they won only two-dozen games. When the calendar flipped to a new millennium, so did Dallas's basketball fortunes. One key that triggered a new philosophy in Dallas was new ownership. Mark Cuban bought the Mavericks in January 2020. Dallas, led by second-year eventual star Dirk Nowitzki, would inch closer to a .500 record by posting 40 victories. However, the Mavericks would complete a decade-long playoff drought by finishing ninth in the Western Conference.

It would be the last time Dallas would miss the playoffs for the next 12 seasons. During this stretch, the Mavericks would make it to a pair of NBA Finals, bringing the banner back to Big-D in 2010-11. However, the well has seemingly dried up in Dallas since. Statistically, the Mavericks have fallen in the middle of the pack both offensively and defensively. A few untimely injuries have weakened depth and created lineup problems. Across the last nine seasons beginning in 2011, Dallas has made five playoff appearances. Each has produced a quick exit. Dallas's best finish was as the sixth seed in the 2015-16 season.

The Mavericks have managed a total of seven victories in these five, seven-game series. After an atrocious offensive season in 2015-16, dead last in the NBA for points per game, Dallas has gradually improved their scoring. With Kristaps Porziņģis, Dallas has a formidable one-two European punch. Two additions, Josh Richardson and the pleasant surprise Willie Cauley-Stein should help the Mavericks establish improved consistency at both ends of the court as the season unfolds. With two solid stars in Porziņģis and Dončić, plus a capable supporting cast, Dallas should gradually become a formidable foe in the Western Conference. There is no reason not to expect the Mavericks to improve on their seventh seed finish a season ago to press for a top-four spot.