There is some good news for the Mavericks in the midst of a challenging season. According to ESPN, the Mavs have the seventh best front office in the NBA.
It shouldn’t really come across as a major surprise that the Mavs were ranked so high. After all, they did post 11 consecutive 50 win seasons to start the new century and this season will be the first losing season the Mavs will have since 1999 2000. Despite the poor season in the standings, there is optimism surrounding the team and that alone is a testament to the work of the front office.
They have a coach, Rick Carlisle, who is widely regarded as one of the very best in the NBA today perhaps second best to only Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. They have a general manager, Donnie Nelson, who had one of the biggest steals in NBA history when he acquired Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash on the same day. Oh, that GM also just pulled off a trade that has been widely been viewed as a major win for the Mavs when he shipped off a struggling Justin Anderson and old Andrew Bogut to bring 22 year old Nerlens Noel to Dallas. The wild card here may be the owner, Mark Cuban, who has done a remarkable job turning the franchise around since January 4, 2000 when he bought the team, putting pieces in place to bring Dallas their first and only NBA championship in 2011, but has come under fire at times for what he says.
What makes the Mavs’ ranking of seventh even more impressive on this list is that of the top 15 teams, they are the only ones currently on the outside cheap kids jerseys
of the playoff picture. It shows how many feel the Mavs have positioned themselves for the future with young stars like Harrison Barnes, Seth Curry, Noel and more.