Historically, the Mavericks have never started a season this poorly. The last time you would be able to find the Mavs as the undisputed worst team in the NBA would be the early 90’s. Their current 3-13 record earns them that title once again.
Dallas is certainly no stranger to success since Mark Cuban took over as owner in 2000. The Mavs, who haven’t seen a losing season in the 21st century, know what it takes to win. However, since winning the NBA Championship in 2011, the organization has fallen into a tailspin with massive roster turnover every season. Year after year, the Mavericks fell short of their goal in free agency, and with their eyes set on out-of-reach prizes, they watched the talent they did have find new homes. We are witnessing the aftermath.
Record aside, the Mavs are determined to push through the early season struggles and compete for a playoff spot. Cuban has never been a fan of tanking for a draft pick, recently noting, “Remember, even if you have the worst record in the NBA, there is a 75 percent chance you are not going to get the top pick.”
Additionally, Dallas is largely indebted to a man named Dirk Nowitzki. At the very least, the organization owes him a season of competitiveness and tenacity, following the example he has set for the last 18 years.
The Mavs snapped their 8 game losing streak on Sunday night against the Pelicans with a decisive 10 point victory. They were led by the scoring efforts of Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews who had 23 and 21 points respectively. There is no doubt this is the first step in a long, uphill battle. Maverick fans will have to wait and see how long and how hard Dallas is willing to fight to keep their winning ways alive.