The Dallas Mavericks basketball team is one of seven teams in the Midwest Division of the Western Conference in the NBA. They play at the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas. A "maverick" is a person who holds independent views or refuses to conform to widespread views of a subject. The Mavericks franchise was established in 1980 when the NBA granted Donald J. Carter, real estate developer, the franchise rights.
The Dallas Mavericks registered their first winning season just four seasons after entering the NBA with a record of 43-39. This record earned the Mavericks a trip to the playoffs where they defeated the Seattle SuperSonics to advance to the conference semifinals where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavericks have made the playoffs a total of six times but have never made it to the NBA Championship.
Through the 1990s, the Dallas Mavericks did not post a winning season, but all of that changed at the turn of the century when the Mavericks posted their first winning season and playoff berth in eleven years. Much of the newfound success of the Mavericks is accredited to new owner Marc Cuban who has done as much as his money has allowed him to in order to make the Dallas Mavericks the most entertaining team in the NBA.