The Dallas Mavericks won the Southwest Division for the first time since 2010 and just the third time in franchise history last season. San Antonio and Houston made the division among the elite during Dirk Nowitzki’s prime, but the Mavs are looking to reign supreme with Luka Doncic leading their charge.
Some fans cannot even name the teams in the Mavericks division and others question why winning one matters. Well, it did last season when the Mavs, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers all finished 42-30. The first three-way tiebreaker is division champion gets the highest seed putting Dallas fifth and allowing them to avoid the dreaded play-in tournament.
With the Western Conference remaining hotly contested, the Mavs winning a second straight division crown could pay dividends again. With nearly all of the offseason movement in the books, how is the Southwest Division shaping up for the 2021-2022 season?
Ranking Dallas Mavericks among Southwest Division rivals
The Southwest Division could be looked at as one of the rise. With the Rockets drafting Jalen Green second overall this summer, each team has a building block under 25 years old. Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic leads the division’s young core, but Zion Williamson and Ja Morant look like multiple-time All-Stars. The Spurs are hoping Dejounte Murray vaults into the All-Star race as he takes over as their leader. The Southwest Division could be one of the league’s best again if they all reach their ceilings.
How do things stand for the 2021-2022 season? Here is a ranking of the division heading into training camp.