Dallas Mavericks: Where Will the Mavs End in the Playoff Race?

Mar 2, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban argues a call in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban argues a call in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Dallas Mavericks are a playoff team year after year but lately they have been one of the worst good teams in the league. Will that continue this year, will they find the missing link, or are they doomed for failure?

The Dallas Mavericks are preparing for another long season in which the team will be tried and tested every night with the end goal of a playoff spot dangling in the distance. In the Western Conference especially, that playoff spot becomes even harder to obtain.

The Mavs are looking for a chance to put Dirk Nowitzki back in the playoffs for another year but, even if they do make the postseason, where will the team be sitting?

Our staff here at The Smoking Cuban discusses the team’s playoff hopes where the general consensus is that a home court advantage is all but out of the question for Dallas. Here is what everyone has to say about it.

Feb 3, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives to the basket past Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives to the basket past Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Marvin Jerome Hanke: 7th Seed

“I think getting home court is all but impossible. To me, the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs and Jazz have the four top spots locked up. Beyond that, Portland, Memphis, Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma and perhaps New Orleans and the Timberwolves project to fight for the last four spots. If the Mavs reach the seventh seed to avoid Golden State, I’d be happy.”

-Hanke

Evan Siegel: 7th or 8th Seed

“The Mavs will once again be a seventh or eighth seed, given their lack of offense and the intense competition in the West. We can’t forget about the improvements the T-Wolves and Jazz made, while remembering OKC is still a dangerous team.”

-Siegel

Apr 13, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (8) leaves the court after the loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 96-91. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams (8) leaves the court after the loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Spurs defeat the Mavericks 96-91. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Eron Ramadanov: 7th Seed

“I hate these types of questions. This question depends so much on health. If the Mavericks can stay healthy for most of the season, I don’t see any reason why Dallas can’t finish 5th in the Western Conference. But, the Mavericks do have a lot of health question marks, which could result in Dallas finishing without a playoff berth. So, if I had to make a final pick on where the Mavericks will end up in the playoff race, I’d say the 7th seed would be a safe bet.”

-Ramadanov

Sam Casey: 7th Seed

“I think the Mavs have a realistic shot at securing the 7th playoff spot. In the unbelievably tough Western Conference, that’s about as optimistic as I can be, barring any big injuries. I think the West will stack up similarly to last year except you can switch OKC with MEM and Utah. Memphis and Utah will be above Dallas while I think Houston and OKC will battle for the last spot.”

-Casey

Dec 1, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle directs Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 1, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle directs Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports /

Isaac Harris: 6th Seed

“So we know the Warriors, Spurs and Clips will be the top seeds in the West, after that, it gets interesting. I think Portland did ok this summer, but I think other teams did better in improving their team. I would put Memphis and Utah in that next tier in the 4th and 5th spots. Then I put Dallas, Portland, and OKC (if they keep Westbrook) in the next category. So I will stay positive and say Dallas will finish 6th in the West.”

-Harris

Kohl Rast: 6th Seed

“There are too many good teams in the Western Conference still. After all these years of uneven division play, you would think that the Eastern Conference would have started to bring some strength back to their half, but it still seems to be a 10-team battle for postseason play in the West and a 4-team battle in the East.

With that being said, it is hard to pick the Mavs to be stellar this season even with an optimistic outlook. The Warriors, Spurs, and Clippers are locked into playoff spots immediately. Memphis, Portland, and Utah seem to be the next tier of teams with Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, and possibly Minnesota fighting for a playoff berth at the bottom.

6th is incredibly optimistic in itself for Dallas right now but I really think that we will put together a young, healthy squad that people are going to have trouble with. That paired with an amazing medical staff and we are ready to be the first team to benefit from an injury to another team. My bet is on Utah, sadly.”

-Rast

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Whether or not you believe the Mavs have what it takes to dethrone one of the top Western Conference teams, it is still not hard to believe Dallas will be back in the playoff race for another year. Dirk Nowitzki definitely deserves a chance to return to the playoffs for another year and, with the moves that Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson and the rest of the organization made, it looks like a likely outcome.