The Dallas Mavericks, known to many as the Mavs have a rich franchise history as a pro sports team in the US. The team is an American pro basketball team that is based in the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association.
This is a comparatively new team compared to many other NBA teams, having only been around since 1980. However, in those earlier years, it was a regular in the playoffs, with the assistance of All-Star players Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman. However, in the next decade, they had a few more troubles and had to enter a rebuilding phase. Their fortunes much improved when they acquired Dirk Nowitzki – who was set to become the center player in the most successful period of their franchise history, which culminated in the winning of the NBA Championship in 2011. However, in the latter part of his career, this success dwindles and they ended up failing to get into the playoffs for three years straight – from 2017 to 2019. He retired after laying his 21st season with the Mavs. It turned around yet again when they acquired 2019 Rookie of the Year, Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA draft night and the All-Star Kristaps Porzingis deal in 2019. Aided by these two young star players, they hit the playoffs again in 2020. Since December 2019, the Mavericks have sold out 731 consecutive games.
Since their inception in 1980, the Mavs have had nine head coaches. The first was Dick Motta – the team’s all-time leader for most regular-season games coached at 731. The head coach with the most regular-season game wins in Don Nelson at 339. Avery Johnsson holds the record for the most playoff games coached -47 and most playoff wins – 23, as well as the highest regular-season winning percentage at .735. Other head coaches of prominence include Quinn Buckner, Jim Cleamonds and Rick Carlisle. The current Head Coach is Jason Kidd.
2021 Dallas Mavericks Draft Picks
After a dip in form between 2017 – 2019, it was the draft pick of 2018 that helped them back on form -as well as the foresight to acquire Kristaps Porzingis. They have some great young players vital to rebuilding bigger and better than ever. This year’s draft pick wasn’t great though because they didn’t own a draft pick in 2021 due to the trade for Kristaps Porzingis. However, it is possible that they make a trade. It could be possible that they would look to make a move for Tre Mann, who has the versatility to play on and off the ball – as well as to score and create baskets.
Ideally, Luka Doncic would need a secondary ballhandler that could create chances – as well as better perimeter defenders assisting him. He could also do with a good center that can work well on either side of the ball. As it stands, the Mavs roster includes too many specialists, which means that Dallas relies too heavily on Doncic. Not having any first-rounder – or second-round picks does complicate matters though.
Undoubtedly, they will again be relying heavily on Doncic again in this upcoming season – given his usage rate of 39.1% in the playoffs, which is the highest mark for any NBA player with more than 200 playoff minutes.
Moving Forward as a Team
2019 was a central year for the Mavericks, who sent DeAndrea Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr, Wesley Mattews plus two future first-round draft picks to the New York Knicks in a trade-off for the All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke. This paid off as they started the 2019-20 season with a 15-6 record in their first 21 games. It was Doncic that led the way, averaging a nearly 30-point triple-double. Leading the team on not just points, but assists and rebounds, putting him in contention for MVP. In their game against the Detroit Pistons, he scored 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, which means he was the first player in the history of the NBA to record multiple 40 point triple-doubles before even hitting his 21st birthday.
When the 2019-2020 season recommenced after its suspension, the Mavericks was one of the teams invited to join the NBA Bubble to play in the regular season’s last eight games. They managed to clinch a spot in the 2020 NBA Playoffs as 7th seed – giving them plenty of confidence for the upcoming season.
Moving forward as a team, this year will simply see them building on what they created in the last 2 years. They had no draft picks, but have young players looking to develop their skills for an even more improved 2021-22 season
Current Dallas Mavericks Players Under Contract
- Luka Doncic
- Kristaps Porzingis
- Tim Hardaway Jr.
- Maxi Kleber
- Dwight Powell
- Reggie Bullock
- Josh Green
- Dorian Finney-Smith
- Trey Burke
- Boban Marjanovic
- Moses Brown
- Tyrell Terry
- Jalen Brunson
- Sterling Brown
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- Frank Ntilikina
- Feron Hunt
- Carlik Jones
- Eugene Omoruyi
- Jaquori McLaughlin
Current Dallas Mavericks Free Agents
- Tyler Bey
- Tim Hardaway Jr
- Nate Hinton (restricted)
- Boban Marjanovic
- JJ Redick
Dallas Mavericks 2021 NBA Draft
Previous Dallas Mavericks Draft Selections Since 2000
Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team
2020 1 18 Josh Green SG 20 Arizona
2020 2 31 Tyrell Terry PG 20 Stanford
2019 2 37 Deividas Sirvydis GF 19 Leituvos Rytas U18
2018 1 5 Trae Young PF 19 Duke
2018 2 37 Gary Trent Jr PG 19 Oklahoma
2018 2 33 Jalen Brunson PG 21 Villanova
2018 2 54 Shake Milton SG 21 Southern Methodist
2017 1 9 Dennis Smith PG 19 NC State
2016 2 46 AJ Hammons C 23 Purdue
2015 1 21 Justin Anderson F 21 Virginia
2015 2 52 Satnam Singh C 19
2013 1 13 Kelly Olynyk C 22 Gonzaga
2013 2 44 Mike Muscala FC 21 Bucknell
2012 1 17 Tyler Zeller C 22 North Carolina
2012 2 55 D. Johnson-Odom SG 22 Marquette
2011 1 26 Jordan Hamilton SF 20 Texas
2011 2 57 Tanguy Ngombo GF 21 Al-Rayyan Sports Club (Qatar)
2010 2` 50 Solomon Alabi C 22 Florida State
2009 1 24 Byron Mullens C 20 Ohio State
2009 2 56 Ahmad Nivins F 22 Saint Joseph’s
2008 2 51 Shan Foster GF 21 Vanderbilt
2007 2 34 Nick Fazekas F 22 Nevada
2007 2 50 Renaldas Seibutis SG 21 Maroussi GB (Greece)
2007 2 60 Milovan Rakovic PF 22 KK Mega Bemax (Serbia)
2006 1 28 Maurice Ager FG 22 Michigan State
2006 2 58 JR Pinnock FG 22 George Washington
2004 2 50 Vassilis Spanoulis SG 21 Maroussi BC (Greece)
2003 1 29 Josh Howard GF 23 Wake Forest
2003 2 57 Yuyang Xue FC 20 Hong Kong Flying Doctors (China)
2002 2 54 Mladen Sekularac GF 21 KK FMP (Serbia)
2001 2 43 Kyle Hill G 22 Eastern Illinois
2001 2 53 Kenny Satterfield PG 20 Cincinnati
2000 1 12 Etan Thomas C 22 Syracuse
2000 2 31 Dan Langhi FC 22 Vanderbilt
2000 2 58 Pete Mickeal FC 22 Cincinnati
Dallas Mavericks FAQs
Do the Dallas Mavericks Have Any Free Agency Players?
Yes, in 2021 the Dallas Mavericks have a number of free agency players. Currently, these players include Tyler Bey, Tim Hardaway Jr, Nate Hinton (restricted), Boban Marjanovic and JJ Redick.
How Many First Round Picks Did The Mavs Have in 2021?
None. In 2021, the Mavs had no first-round pick or second-round picks, which means they had no chance to add to their team in the 2021 NBA draft night. They gave up their first-round picks in a trade with the Knicks and had no second-round pick on the NBA draft lottery.
Why Did New York Knicks Get The Mavs 2021 Draft Picks?
In 2019, the Mavericks made the trade of the year. This was a huge trade in which the team traded players Dennis Smith Jr, Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan plus two future first-round picks to the New York Knicks in order to get their hands on the players Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. This did mean that the Knicks got the team’s 2021 draft pick. Industry professionals such as NBA Media Ventures think this may leave them a bit short this season, but they have Donkic to help lead the team forward.
Who Does Tyler Bey and Josh Richardson Play for Now?
Both of these players had roster spots with the Mavericks in 2020. However, Tyler Bey signed for the Houston Rockets for the 2021 season. The Boston Celtics acquired Josh Richardson in July 2021 by using the remainder of the Gordon Hayward traded player exception in an exchange for Moses Brown.
Does Nate Hinton Play for the Mavericks?
No, although he signed a 2-way contract with the Mavericks, he had his first assignments with the G-League Long Island Nets, then Santa Cruz Warriors and was then waived by the Mavericks.