The Beginning Years
The Dallas Mavericks joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1980 when Don Carter and partner Norm Sonju convinced the NBA to bring a team to Dallas for $12.5 million. Carter wanted to bring an NBA franchise to Dallas as a gift to his wife, Linda, who had played basketball growing up and loved the sport.
The Mavericks’ first few years were a bit rocky and the team struggled to make it into the playoffs. Finally, in 1984 the team led by Mark Aguirre, Derek Harper, and Rolando Blackman made it to the playoffs for 5 consecutive years. But by 1990, all their star players had left, causing an eight year losing streak.
In 1996, the Mavericks drafted Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, who helped improve the team’s track record, though they still ranked 10th (out of 15) in the Western Conference.
That same year, Ross Perot Jr. purchased the franchise for $125 million and then in 2000, Mark Cuban bought the Mavericks for $285 million. One of Cuban’s first moves as the new owner was to upgrade the Maverick’s training facilities so that more players would want to join the team. The Maverick’s consistently placed top in the Western Conference from 2000 - 2010 and then in 2011, the team finally won their first NBA Championship led by Dirk Nowitzki.
Their victory began to fade in 2013 when they did not make it into the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. In 2017, the team had their worst season in history and in 2019, they finished last in their division.
In 2010, Perot still owned 5 percent of the Mavericks and sued Cuban claiming that the team was insolvent, or unable to pay their debts. However, Cuban won the lawsuit by asserting full ownership of the team and claiming that Perot was simply seeking money he had lost. The lawsuit was dropped in 2011.
The Dallas Mavericks logo has seen minimal changes since 1980.
The Mavericks logo saw some minor changes in 2018, only slightly darkening the grey and blue shades, as compared to the previous version.
1980 - 2001
In 1980, the Maverick’s wore a simple white jersey with blue accents. “MAVERICKS” was written in all capital blue letters and a large player number was placed below.
2001 - Today
After Mark Cuban purchased the franchise in 2000, the team received another update to their jersey bringing the design into the 21st century. The team wore two different hues of blue with silver and white lettering. The jersey has remained relatively unchanged since 2001, with changes only being made to the away jersey (different shades of blue).