The Dallas Mavericks were founded in 1980, towards the end of the NBA's era of rapid expansion. Their first round draft pick Kiki Vandeweghe was so upset that he was heading to this brand new team, that he refused to play for them. Dallas ownership traded Kiki for future draft picks, and ultimately wound up with two great players in Sam Perkins and Rolando Blackman. Some of the best seasons for the Mavericks came between 1985 and 1988. Their best season as a team was in 1986, when the team finished 27 games above .500. Sadly, they could not reach the finals that year, bowing out after the first round.
Perhaps the most known fact about the Mavericks, is that they are owned by the most famous and dynamic owner in sports, Mark Cuban. Mark Cuban has a long history of fines, arguments with former NBA Commissioner David Stern, and non-stop yelling at officials. Throughout their history, the Mavericks have won their division three times, first in 1987, then 2007 and finally in 2010. They have won the Western Conference in 2006 and 2011. In 2011, they also won their first NBA Championship to date.
The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the NBA's premiere teams for long time. Since 1998, they are one of just four teams to win the Western Conference, the others being the Spurs, Lakers, and Thunder. They have two retired numbers since inception. Derek Harper’s number 12 and Brad Davis’ number 15 hang in the rafters at the American Airlines Center. The team is looking to once again rebuild, as their roster is made up of nine players that are thirty years old or older.
The Dallas Mavericks finished the 2014-2015 regular season with a record of 50-32, good for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The Mavericks made the highlight trade at the deadline, acquiring all-star point guard Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics. The move was made to fill a glaring hole at point guard for the Mavericks, and at the time of the trade, it was expected to make the Mavericks serious contenders in the loaded Western Conference. This is not how it worked out at all.
Rondo was benched by the end of the season and the Mavericks lost to the Houston Rockets in five games in the first round of the playoffs. So far this offseason, the Mavericks came close to signing DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers, but at the lost moment Jordan decided to return to Los Angeles. This led to a fury of comments from both sides, although the tone has settled. The Mavericks, desperate for a center, have brought Samuel Dalembert back into the league. He has not played an NBA game since the first week of January earlier this year.