Dallas Mavericks (often referred to as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas and members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). According to a 2016 Forbes magazine report, they are the ninth most valuable basketball franchise in the NBA, valued at approximately $1.4 billion.
As of the 2013 season, the Mavericks have sold out 477 consecutive games since December 15, 2001, the longest currently running sell-out streak in North American major league sports. Since their inaugural 1980–81 season, the Mavericks have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010), two conference championships (2006, 2011), and one NBA Championship (2011).
The Mavericks were voted into existence at t the 1980 NBA All-Star Game, by the league owners. The team's name coming from the 1957–1962 TV western Maverick; the name was chosen by the fans with 4,600 postcards received, beating Wranglers and Express. James Garner, who played the namesake character, was a member of the ownership group. The University of Texas at Arlington, who also uses the Mavericks nickname, had objections about a shared name, but did not attempt any legal action. The Mavericks joined the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, where they would stay until the league went to six divisions for the 2004–05 season.
With their victory in the 2011 NBA Finals, this meant that every basketball team from Texas had now become national winners. Victory came 4-2 against the much fancied Miami Heat.
Among the prominent names on court for the Mavericks over the years, let’s put a select few in the spotlight. Dirk Nowitzki (1999-Present) has been a constant figure in the team’s recent success. The superstar has been in Dallas for 12 years, and during that time, has led the team to the NBA Finals, been named the league's MVP, and helped to consistently make the Mavericks one of the NBA's elite teams. Offensively, he is the complete package: He shoots the ball well from all areas of the floor, scores, rebounds and consistently averages between 23 and 26 points per game.
Mark Aguirre, Guard/Forward (1982-1989), a three time All Star who served as their primary option in offence during the Mavericks resurgence in the 1980s. He is ranked third in franchise history in scoring with 13,930 points, behind Dirk Nowitzki and Rolando Blackman.
As starting point guard of the Mavericks from 1985-86 through 1993-94, Derek Harper helped lead the Mavericks to within one game of the NBA Finals in 1988 and consistently averaged between 16.0 and 19.7 points. His usually averaged over 7.0 assists per game, and he shot the ball well from the floor and the free-throw line.
One of the greatest players in franchise history, Rolando Blackman is the Mavericks' second all-time leading playoff scorer and, until Dirk Nowitzki came along, was the team's all-time leader in field goals (6,487) and points (16,643). He played on six Dallas playoff teams, establishing himself as one of the game's great shooters.
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