Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic and the 15 best rookie seasons of all-time

By Daniel Lubofsky
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson, Dallas Mavericks
Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson, Dallas Mavericks. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

A respected NBA franchise, the Dallas Mavericks have had some impressive rookies, as well as those who would come to develop over time.

An NBA player’s rookie season is as wild a time as they will come to have over the course of their lifetime. After years of both hard work and sacrifices, they’ve finally accomplished their dream of making it to the league. They are now tasked with getting acclimated to a new city and teammates, all that encompasses an NBA season and living alone for likely the very first time.

Even after all these massive changes, these freshmen then have to go out and actually play the game of basketball at the highest level. Failing to do so could cost them their livelihood down the road.

The expectations for each rookie obviously depends on their draft status. It’d be nice to find any amount of production from guys taken in the 20s and later, while those taken in the lottery or near the top of the draft are expected to produce right away, lest they get labeled as busts not two months into their pro careers.

While not possessing some of the same hardware as the true pillars of the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks have developed into one of the most respected and well-run organizations since entering the league prior to the 1980-81 season.

Since then, they’ve been just like most other teams, attempting to draft and develop talented youngster in the hope that it can culminate in the ultimate prize.

Aside from a few household names that even the most casual of NBA fans can name in an instant, a good amount of the players on this list were extremely talented, but not enough to reach the pantheon of all-time greatness.

Most would go on to have very fruitful careers. Some are even still suiting up regularly in 2019. All, though, started their run in Dallas wide-eyed and hoping to make even just the slightest of impacts.