Western Conference Champions. 60-22, 2nd in Southwest division. Lost to Heat in NBA finals 4-2. Up 2-0 and leading late in game three, Dallas fell apart and lost four in a row. They won 67 games the next year and lost in the opening round.
Dirk Nowitzki (PF), Jason Terry (SG), Josh Howard (SF), Devin Harris (SG), Erick Dampier (C) Sixth Man: Jerry Stackhouse
Midwest Division Champions. 60-22 lost to Spurs in Western Conference finals 4-2. Knocked off Blazers and Kings in playoffs. Had lost in conference semi-finals the two previous seasons. The team that turned around the Mavs fortunes under new owner Mark Cuban.
Dirk Nowitzki (PF), Steve Nash (PG), Michael Finley (SG), Raef LaFrentz (C), Eduardo Najera (F) Sixth Man: Nick Van Exel
53-29, 2nd in Midwest division. Lost in Western Conference Finals to Lakers 4-3. Imagine how different things would be if the Mavericks win that game 7 and derail the Lakers chances for a repeat. The Mavs won 55 games the year prior and lost in the opening round, the year after they began to fall apart and went into rebuilding.
Mark Aguirre (SF), Derek Harper (PG), Rolando Blackman (G), Sam Perkins (PF), James Donaldson (C) Sixth Man: Roy Tarpley
36-36 missed playoffs. Now it looks like a bad season, but the Mavs were so bad in the 90’s that this brief little era of run and gun basketball was maybe their finest moment and certainly a fun team to watch. In the four years before they won 28, 22, 11 & 13 games. In the four years after 26, 24, 20 and 19.
Jim Jackson (SG), Jamal Mashburn (SF), Jason Kidd (PG), Popeye Jones (PF), Lorenzo Williams (C) Sixth Man: Roy Tarpley