Dallas Mavericks: Is Coach Rick Carlisle on the hot seat this season?

Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks have suffered through two consecutive losing seasons. Could that put Coach Rick Carlisle on the hot seat?

We all know and love the Dallas Mavericks’ head coach, Rick Carlisle. Coming in after Avery Johnson’s dismissal, Carlisle developed one of the best Mavericks offense which would later win them their 2011 title.

Coach’s background

Coach Carlisle also had a brief NBA career after his selection by the Boston Celtics in the third round in 1984. He would spend three seasons in Boston and won a ring. Carlisle also had very short NBA stints with the Knicks and Nets.

Carlisle became a young assistant coach for New Jersey, Portland, and Indiana until he received an offer as a head coach with Detroit. He would then be a part of the Ron Artest-led Pacers before landing his current job in Dallas.

Time with the Mavs

Mavericks fan have to appreciate his work done here. In just 804 games with Dallas, Carlisle averages 39.7 wins per season in his 11 years. He has a .544 win percentage in the regular season and .483 in the playoffs. He is one heck of a coach who will most likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday.

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However, recent seasons haven’t looked so successful. In 2013, the Mavericks missed their first playoffs in the 21st century. Things didn’t look so bleak as the Mavericks actually ended up 41-41.

We can’t say the same thing for our current team, though. These last two seasons saw the Mavericks go 57-107, while in just 2015 alone they went 50-32. It was a struggle.

The Mavericks have acquired talent over the last few years, including Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr, and DeAndre Jordan. The Mavs are expecting to improve their play and record this season.

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What if they don’t, though? That’s the exact same question the Mavericks might ask themselves. Another year of missing the playoffs and under .500 would question their patience with the coach. If it happens again, Dallas may have to look at new options. Rick Carlisle time in Dallas may just come to an end. Stay tuned.