Dallas Mavericks: What a privilege to be a Mavs fan
By DW Schabbing
Dallas Mavericks fans are receiving a special treat every time the team takes the court. Supports get to watch star players that wear their Mavs jersey proudly.
Dallas Mavericks fans can call it being lucky, or being spoiled. They could also refer to it as a privilege. Either way, Mavs fans have had the distinct honor of watching some elite talent take the court at the American Airlines Center.
There are players that come and go in the NBA. Some of them are still playing long after fans thought they retired. Others aren’t playing that fans thought were still in the league.
However, every once in awhile watchers come across a player who is generational. He is someone who fans consider themselves lucky just for the opportunity of enjoying his talents.
Michael Jordan and LeBron James are players that would fall into this category. For Mavericks fans, that player is Dirk Nowitzki. Supporters are all luckier for the experience of watching Nowitzki ball.
For starters, it is not every day that fans get to watch the sixth leading scorer in NBA history throughout his career. This is a privilege in and of itself. Every time he suits up for the rest of his career, fans are watching one of the all-time greats in action.
Dirk has one of the most unselfish attitudes ever seen in the NBA. He has taken countless discounts in salary so the team could attempt to put a better product on the court year after year. In whatever capacity Dirk Nowitzki remains involved with this organization, supporters will be better for it.
To be able to transition from a player of Dirk’s caliber, and go straight into the dawning of a new era in Dallas basketball with Luka Doncic should make Mavericks fans feel spoiled. Let us take a look at what Luka has done in his already esteemed career.
A lot of players who were not selected in the NBA draft wind up playing overseas in Europe. Doncic grew up there and found it was an easy transition to start his professional career there. He became a pro basketball player at the age of 16, and just two years later was leading Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title.
In leading his team to the title, Luka Doncic also managed to be named the EuroLeague MVP and the Final Four MVP in the same year. This is incredible! In what is known as the second-best league in the world, he has already conquered it by the tender age of 19.
“Luka Magic” has taken the NBA by storm. From his famous step back jumper to his extreme confidence, Luka has proven that he was more than ready to make the transition into the NBA.
Doncic has racked up seven triple-doubles this year, which ties him with Magic Johnson for most by a rookie in NBA history. Only “Big O” Oscar Robertson and Ben Simmons have more. He is also well on his way to wrapping up the Rookie of the Year award.
Be it the last 21 years with Dirk, or the next decade with Luka, Dallas Mavericks fans get to sit back and marvel at the talent we have the privilege of cheering on. The future in Dallas is going to be a fun ride, so buckle up.