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At the 1980 NBA All-Star Game, league owners voted to admit the new team, with the team’s name coming from the 19571962 TV western Maverick. James Garner, who played the namesake character, was a member of the ownership group. There was some controversy at the time since the University of Texas at Arlington also uses the Mavericks nickname. They joined the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, where they would stay until the league went to six divisions for the 200405 seasons. Dick Motta, who had guided the Washington Bullets to the NBA Championship in 1977-78, was hired as the team’s first head coach. He had a well-earned reputation of being a stern disciplinarian, but was also a great teacher of the game. In the Mavericks’ debut game, taking place in the brand-new Reunion Arena, the Mavericks stunned the Spurs, 10392. But the Mavs started the season with a discouraging 640 record on their way to finishing 1567. However, the Mavericks did make a player acquisition that, while it seemed minor at the time, turned out to play a very important role in the early years of their franchise. Journeyman 6’3″ guard Brad Davis, who played for the Anchorage Northern Knights of the Continental Basketball Association, was tracked down and signed by the Mavs in December. At the time, there was absolutely no reason to expect that Davis would be any better than the expansion-level talent the Mavs had. But he started the Mavs’ final 26 games, led the team in assists, and his career soared. He spent the next twelve years with the Mavericks, and eventually his #15 jersey was retired.
The 200405 season brought in blockbuster trades which brought in burly center Erick Dampier, combo guard Jason Terry, speedy rookie point guard Devin Harris, scoring machine Jerry Stackhouse, and defensive stalwart Alan Henderson. Although the loss of All-Star Steve Nash via free agency visibly hurt the Mavericks’ offense, the new acquisitions strengthened the team defense. The run-and-gun style of former times changed into a more balanced style of play. At the All-Star break, the Mavericks acquired Keith Van Horn for Calvin Booth and Henderson, the latter resigning only days later. Nowitzki added his third consecutive Euroscar during this season as well. The Mavericks became only the third team in NBA history to lose in the Finals after taking a 20 lead. In Game 3, the Mavs held a 13-point lead with under seven minutes remaining but were outscored 227 in the momentum-changing 9896 defeat. The Heat’s performance in the last seven minutes represented the team’s greatest postseason comeback in team history. Dallas Mavericks tickets have seen good times and bad, with the recent success of the franchise one would hope the demand could only rise.