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Official Site of the Mavs: Here's one team that supplies a snapshot of what Mavericks' future could look like
Yes, there has been some intrigue. We have been bemused at Russell Westbrook going all anti-Dirk with media members - meaning he gives them no respect at all - but we have seen only one series turn out to be hotly contested.
Truthfully, the key word to describe the playoffs after the first 10 days is: Borrrr-ing.
Maybe our outlook is a little jaded because the Mavericks aren't involved. But honestly, it's just been uneventful so far.
That will change in the second round, no doubt.
What we have learned, however, is that there is one team out there that has some distinct similarities to the way the Mavericks have been built and what they hope their future looks like.
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The Dallas Mavericks are going to have cap space to improve their roster this offseason. The organization is also motivated to spend it. The Mavs want to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
They won 33 games in the 2018-2019 season. That put the Mavericks 14th in the loaded Western Conference, though. They finished 24 games behind the first place Warriors and 15 back of the eighth-seeded LA Clippers. The Mavs will need to make a significant improvement to reach the postseason next year.
The front office believes they can do just that.
Mavs Moneyball: Dorian Finney-Smith proved his worth before his shot left him again
Dorian Finney-Smith's season was, in many ways, a mirror of the Dallas Mavericks' 82-game effort. He was good at home while logging poor numbers on the road. Combined, though, he played well and his effort was competitive. Then the All-Star break came and went and things fell apart--much as they did for the Mavericks. As such, Finney-Smith's a tale is that of two drastically different players: one a bourgeoning 3-and-D player and the other a streaky prospect still trying to find his way in the league after three seasons. The player Dallas chooses to see will determine his future with the franchise.
Fansided: Dallas Mavericks: Fans love Luka Doncic because he is always having fun
Dallas Mavericks point forward Luka Doncic quickly endeared himself to NBA fans across the world. His stellar on-court play helped. Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game as a rookie. There was more than that, though.
Luka received over four million fan votes for the 2019 All-Star. Due to change in how the rosters are selected, he was not an All-Star, but Doncic is clearly a fan favorite.
Other than his phenomenal talent, what makes Luka Doncic so popular? Here is a look at four things that make the 20-year-old standout.
Fansided: Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki pens thank you to Dallas in ad section of newspaper
I wish Dallas Mavericks fans could fully appreciate what Dirk Nowitzki did for this team and for this city. To play for the same team for your entire career is something special. To do so for 21 years, well, there is a reason that has never been done by any other player in the history of the league.
Through all of the 21 years that Dirk spent in Dallas, there were some that took him for granted. Some didn't recognize his greatness for many years and others were unable to see the amazing player and person that was developing in front of their eyes.
Mavs Moneyball: MMB Radio, Ep. 3: Going through our Dirk feelings and more with Josh Bowe
It's a special episode of the podcast this week, as the two Mavs Moneyball podcast hosts come together to talk through our wild Dirk emotions over the past week and a half.
Josh Bowe joins the show as Josh and Jeffery discuss how they've felt throughout the Dirk retirement story. They talk about what it was like in the arena for Dirk's last home game, what it truly means that Dirk is gone and why Dirk has mattered so much to the Mavericks and every Mavs fans' lives.
After Josh and Jeffery get themselves together, they dive into the off-season, some early free agency talk and some observations on the playoffs.
Fansided: Dallas Mavericks: Daryl Macon earned an NBA contract next season
The Dallas Mavericks signed an undrafted free agent named Daryl Macon to a two-way contract last summer. Macon was coming off two seasons at the University of Arkansas where he averaged over 15 points per game and shot north of 40 percent on his 3-pointers.
Macon had already turned 22, though. That hurt his draft stock. In the second round, organizations love to take a young 19-year-old raw talent over an established college player. They shoot for upside over safety.
There were also questions about Macon's playmaking ability. He averaged just 3.9 assists per game in final NCAA season.
Mavs Moneyball: Tim Hardaway Jr.'s game still has more questions than answers
The Dallas Mavericks acquired Tim Hardaway Jr.'s services in a blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade, and he was a plug-in starter because the Mavericks shipped off 80 percent of it's starting lineup by midseason. It's worth noting that the Knicks were licking their chops trying to get off Hardaway's colossal contract, so he was largely the tax the Mavericks had to pay to swing the deal for Porzingis. However, Hardaway's arrival was one of relative - if not misguided - excitement because he represented an athletic and dynamic (theoretical) shot creator.
Star-Telegram: Big Mac Bites: The free agent the Mavs should pursue and the questions to stop asking
Angela Ruch is scheduled to race on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway in the Vankor 350 Gandor Outdoor Truck Series race. She joins Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Mac Engel for the latest edition of The Big Mac Chat. By
The question comes out as effortlessly as requesting the time of day, and yet it is something we have no business asking because it is so intensely personal.
The NCAA gymnastics championships were this weekend in Fort Worth, and among the competitors were seniors who will graduate in a month or two, including UCLA viral sensation Katelyn Ohashi.
Fansided: Dallas Mavericks: Hall of Fame displays Dirk Nowitzki's final game jersey
Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki retired from basketball. He played his final game on April 10 in San Antonio against the Spurs. It was the second night of a back-to-back.
The Mavs GOAT played in both games. He dropped 30 points in the Mavericks final home contest. The organization honored him after the game where Dirk made his retirement official. Nowitzki came back the next night to face the in-state rival Spurs, though.
It was an emotional night for everyone knowing it was Dirk's last game in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.
Fansided: Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic sweeps Hoops Rumors' Rookie of the Year
Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic took the NBA by storm this season. Experts predicted future success, but not many had Doncic scoring over 21 points per game in his first year. The 20-year-old appears on the fast track to superstardom.
Before the book gets completely closed on the Mavs season, there is still the Rookie of the Year trophy to handout. The NBA is presenting all the awards on June 24.
Luka is a gargantuan favorite to win top Rookie. That was further confirmed on Friday when Hoops Rumors released their picks.
Dallas Morning News: 'Get this thing cranked up': A blueprint to rebuild the Mavs in arguably the most pivotal offseason of Mark Cuban's tenure
It's an offseason timeline the Mavericks' brain trust hoped to avoid, but here they are, sitting out the playoffs for the third straight year.
Following the April 10 season finale and next day's player-exit interviews, owner Mark Cuban, president Donnie Nelson, vice president Michael Finley and coach Rick Carlisle planned to decompress for about a week, then reconvene to formulate their blueprint for this offseason.
Not just any offseason: It's arguably the most pivotal of Cuban's 19-year tenure.
In all likelihood, Dallas will add just three-to-five players, but those additions will dictate whether the Mavericks vault to playoff-contender status or make a quantum leap into, let's say, the Western Conference's top five.
Fansided: Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic has historic 8 triple-doubles as a rookie
Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic has exceeded all expectations so far in his NBA career. He averaged over 21 points per game, swept the Rookie of the Month awards, and narrowly missed being an All-Star. Luka is still only 20 years old too.
Two things Doncic is not short on is experience and accolades. He has played professional basketball since he was 14. During his time at Real Madrid, Luka won the EuroLeague MVP and was named EuroLeague Rising Star twice. The young man has always stood out on the basketball court.
Mavs Moneyball: A lesson in loyalty from Dirk Nowitzki
When I was 13 years old, basketball saved my life.
It was December 26th, 2001, and we were moving to a third state in four months. And when you're an eighth grader traversing the emotions of adolescence, quite literally everything is about you. So while your parents use every ounce of their being to create some normalcy for you and your brothers, the absurdity and depression and fear and isolation feel like the only thing staring back at your greasy teenage face.
As I got settled in to a new home and a new life in DFW the day after Christmas, the Dallas Mavericks were in San Antonio beating the Spurs in overtime.
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The Dallas Mavericks are ready to return to the postseason. They have been on the outside looking in for three consecutive seasons. Their recent rebuild has seen them win 33, 24, and 33 games over the last three years. The entire organization is hungry for a playoff return.
Next season will be a changing of the guard for the Mavericks as well. The legend Dirk Nowitzki has retired after 21 seasons in Dallas. The team will be built around 20-year-old Luka Doncic who took the NBA by storm as a rookie. The Mavs also traded for All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to be his running mate.