The Dallas Mavericks finished fourth in the Western Conference last season, but that was not enough to win the Southwest Division. They won it in 2021, but the Memphis Grizzlies stormed their way to 56 regular season victories last season to win the division for the first time since it was created in 2004.
Despite all of the Mavs success since 2004, they have only won the division three times. Such is life when competing against the Spurs and Rockets, who combined won every division crown from 2011 to 2020. The Southwest division is known for its top-end talent with it taking 60-plus wins to top the group seven times since 2004.
The Mavericks reached the conference finals in 2022, and Luka Doncic and company are looking to build on that this season. They would love to be back in the top four in the West, and that means winning the Southwest Division. It is possible, and here is one advantage Dallas has over the other four teams in the division.
Dallas Mavericks' advantage over San Antonio Spurs: Talent
The Spurs have been the model of consistency and winning under head coach Gregg Popovich, but they are finally facing a rebuild. They had their playoff streak snapped at 22 consecutive years in 2020, and the Spurs traded away Dejounte Murray in the offseason.
San Antonio has just a handful of veterans, and they are projected to finish with one of the worst records in the NBA. They have plenty of questions to answer such as who is their point guard of the present? The Spurs also need someone to take over as their leading scorer and shot creator.
The Mavericks have one of the top five players on the planet, and significantly more overall talent than the Spurs this season. Expect San Antonio to be in the race for Victor Wembanyama as Dallas looks to win the West.