Why this decade will be one of the best for the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks have had some great teams since their inaugural season back in 1980. However, they have never dominated a decade until the 2020s.

The Dallas Mavericks have been extremely fortunate. They were led by an all-time great in Dirk Nowitzki for the last 20 years. He was the epitome of what NBA franchises hope for in their superstar.

The 2000s were an outstanding decade for the Mavs. The team won over 50 games every season in that ten year period. They were led by a big three of Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and Michael Finney. The team bought excitement back to Dallas basketball. However, they had only one NBA finals appearance which resulted in a controversial loss to the Miami Heat in 2006.

The Mavericks won their one and only championship at the turn of the last decade with one of the best playoff runs fans have ever seen. The team full of hungry vets led by a 33-year-old Dirk Nowitzki found a way to get the job done in 2011.

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The rest of the decade did not pan out as expected. After winning the championship, Mavs owner Mark Cuban decided to blow the team up. A decision that has the Mavericks winless in the playoffs ever since. So to most Mavs fans, this last decade has been rough.

Luka changes the next decade

The second biggest moment of the 2010s was the draft day trade up for Luka Doncic. He is the type of player the Mavs have never had. A 6’8 walking triple-double. He will be the best player in the world for a decade-plus. Something we never could say about a Dallas Maverick.

Going into the 2020s, the Mavs are fully equipped to dominate the next ten seasons. They have a top-five NBA player in his second season paired with a 7’3 Unicorn and cap flexibility. The Mavericks couldn’t ask for a better situation.

Could you imagine if the Mavs signed another All-Star level player? The idea of teaming Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis with another elite talent should frighten the rest of the NBA.

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With all the stars seeming to align in Dallas, the Mavericks should dominate this decade. It very well may be the best decade in franchise history, led by a generational talent unlike any other.