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Dallas Mavericks: All-time starting 5 for the franchise

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Jason Kidd (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks all-time starting 5

The Dallas Mavericks joined the NBA in 1980, four years after the NBA/ABA merger. In their 40-year history, the Mavs have won one NBA title, had one league MVP, and have had 31 total All-Star selections. If the Mavericks could compile all their best players together into one starting lineup, who would be on it?

The Mavs are a franchise built on consistency. They have just six coaches in their history. The Suns have ten in the last 20 years. That continuity has led to plenty of success.

Before diving into the starting five, it is important to acknowledge players who just missed the cut. The honorable mentions include Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Rolando Blackman, Josh Howard, and Shawn Marion. An argument could be made for each one of these players to be included in the starting five, but the other players made had a greater impact.

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Who makes the Dallas Mavericks all-time starting five?

While choosing the Mavericks starting lineup might be difficult, picking the best player out of the five is easy. Dirk Nowitzki is the franchise GOAT, and the first player put on any Mavericks all-time list. It is not as obvious who will be chosen for the other four starting spots, though.

This starting lineup is not about creating a team that would work well together but rests on the best individual players over their career. Some players may have played their best statistical seasons on a different team, but are just too good to be left off the list.

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