2018–19 Dallas Mavericks season
|2018–19 Dallas Mavericks season|
|Head coach||Rick Carlisle|
|General manager||Donnie Nelson|
|Arena||American Airlines Center|
|Place||Division: 5th (Southwest)|
Conference: 14th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Television||FS Southwest, KTXA|
The 2018–19 Dallas Mavericks season was the 39th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was also Dirk Nowitzki's 21st and final season with the Mavericks, making his season debut on December 13, 2018 against the Phoenix Suns. Not only would he break a record previously set by Kobe Bryant for the most seasons spent playing for a single NBA team, but he also became the fifth player in the NBA history to play in the league for 21 seasons. Believed by many as the greatest Maverick of all time, Nowitzki led the Mavs to 15 playoff appearances (2001-2012; 2014-2016), to a Finals appearance in 2006, and to their first championship title in 2011, defeating the Big 3-led Miami Heat. A 14-time NBA All Star, Nowitzki is the first European player to start in an All Star game, and the first to win the MVP Award. He is also the highest scoring foreign-born player in NBA history and on March 18, 2019, became the 6th highest scoring player of all time, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain's 31,419 points. Nowitzki's retirement leaves former Maverick and fellow 1998 draftee Vince Carter as the last remaining active player to have played in the 1990s.
On January 31, 2019, the Mavericks acquired NBA All-Star Kristaps Porziņģis in exchange for Wesley Matthews and former no. 9 overall pick Dennis Smith Jr. With an overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on March 18, the Mavericks would once again have a losing season and not make the playoffs.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||College / Club|
|1||3||Luka Dončić||SG||Slovenia||Real Madrid|
|2||33||Jalen Brunson||PG||United States||Villanova|
|2||57||Ray Spalding||PF||United States||Louisville|
Entering the night of the draft, the Mavericks originally held only the fifth, thirty-third, and fifty-fourth picks of the 2018 NBA Draft. The last of their second round picks was acquired from a three-way trade the previous season from the Denver Nuggets that also involved the New York Knicks. The Mavericks originally fell down a spot from fourth to fifth during the NBA Draft Lottery due to them originally missing out on the Top 3 selections, despite having the tiebreaker over the Atlanta Hawks for better odds there. This also resulted in them having the better second round pick over the Hawks by comparison. Ironically, by the night of the draft, Dallas traded their original first round pick in the draft (which became Oklahoma Sooners point guard Trae Young) and a protected 2019 first round pick to Atlanta in exchange for the Hawks' own first round pick, which became the Slovenian superstar guard/forward Luka Dončić. Dončić is a combo guard/small forward that grew to be a very major contributor for Real Madrid Baloncesto in the EuroLeague and Spain's national Liga ACB, winning championships and MVP awards throughout his professional tenure there, including being named the youngest ever EuroLeague Final Four MVP that year.
During the beginning of the second round, the Mavericks selected point guard Jalen Brunson from Villanova University. Brunson was a key contributor for two out of three years of NCAA Championships during his time at Villanova, with his second championship year (final college year overall) also naming him both the consensus National College Player of the Year and All-American First Team member. Finally, with their last (54th) pick, they traded that selection (which became Southern Methodist University point guard Shake Milton) to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for their last two second round picks this year. With pick #57, the Mavericks received power forward Ray Spalding from Louisville University, while the very last selection of the 2018 NBA Draft became combo forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, younger brother of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, from Dayton University. Antetokounmpo later signed a two-way contract to stay with the team on July 13, 2018.
|2018–19 Dallas Mavericks roster|
|y – Houston Rockets||53||29||.646||0.0||31–10||22–19||10–6||82|
|x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||5.0||32–9||16–25||10–6||82|
|New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||20.0||19–22||14–27||8–8||82|
|1||c – Golden State Warriors *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Denver Nuggets *||54||28||.659||3.0||82|
|3||x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|4||y – Houston Rockets *||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||7.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||8.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|8||x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||82|
|13||New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||24.0||82|
The preseason scheduled was announced on August 23, 2018.
|2018 preseason game log|
Total: 2–2 (Home: 1–1; Road: 1–1)
Preseason: 2–2 (Home: 1–1; Road: 1–1)
|2018–19 season schedule|
The schedule was announced on August 10, 2018.
|2018–19 game log|
Total: 33–49 (Home: 24–17; Road: 9–32)
October: 2–6 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–5)
November : 8–4 (Home: 6–1; Road: 2–3)
December : 7–9 (Home: 7–1; Road: 0–8)
January : 6–9 (Home: 3–4; Road: 3–5)
February : 4–6 (Home: 3–3; Road: 1–3)
March : 3–12 (Home: 1–5; Road: 2–7)
April : 3–3 (Home: 2–2; Road: 1–1)
|2018–19 season schedule|
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
After all games.
|J. J. Barea||38||0||19.8||.418||.297||.705||2.5||5.6||.6||.0||10.9|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.≠||19||17||29.4||.404||.321||.767||3.2||1.9||.6||.1||15.5|
|Dennis Smith Jr.†||32||32||28.4||.440||.344||.695||3.0||4.3||1.3||.3||12.9|
‡Waived during the season
†Traded during the season
≠Aquired during the season
|Luka Dončić||Rookie of the Month||October/November|
|June 21, 2018||To Dallas Mavericks
Draft rights to Luka Dončić
|To Atlanta Hawks|
Draft rights to Trae Young
2019 protected first-round draft pick
|June 21, 2018||To Dallas Mavericks
Draft rights to Ray Spalding
Draft rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo
|To Philadelphia 76ers|
Draft rights to Shake Milton
|July 23, 2018||To Dallas Mavericks
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
|To Los Angeles Clippers|
Draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis
|August 2, 2018||To Dallas Mavericks
Option to swap 2020 second-round draft picks
|To Houston Rockets|
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
|January 31, 2019||To Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr.
|To New York Knicks|
Dennis Smith Jr.
2021 unprotected and 2023 protected first-round draft picks
|February 6, 2019||To Dallas Mavericks
|To Sacramento Kings|
|Dirk Nowitzki||July 23, 2018|
|Salah Mejri||August 3, 2018|
|DeAndre Jordan||July 6, 2018||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Kostas Antetokounmpo||July 13, 2018 (Two-way contract)||Dayton Flyers|
|Ding Yanyuhang||July 23, 2018||Shandong Golden Stars|
|Daryl Macon||July 30, 2018 (Two-way contract)||Arkansas Razorbacks|
|Terry Larrier||July 31, 2018||Connecticut Huskies|
|Salah Mejri||February 10, 2019||Dallas Mavericks|
|Codi Miller-McIntyre||August 1, 2018||Parma Basket|
|Ryan Broekhoff||August 6, 2018||Lokomotiv Kuban|
|Devin Harris||August 8, 2018||Denver Nuggets|
|Donte Ingram||October 8, 2018||Loyola Ramblers|
|Rashad Vaughn||Orlando Magic|
|Player||Reason Left||New Team|
|Kyle Collinsworth||Waived||Toronto Raptors|
|Seth Curry||Signed 2-year, $2.75 million contract||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Ding Yanyuhang||Waived||Texas Legends|
|Yogi Ferrell||Signed 2-year, $6.2 million contract||Sacramento Kings|
|Donte Ingram||Waived||Texas Legends|
|Jalen Jones||Waived||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Doug McDermott||Signed 3-year, $22 million contract||Indiana Pacers|
|Salah Mejri||Waived||Dallas Mavericks|
|Codi Miller-McIntyre||Waived||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Nerlens Noel||Signed 2-year minimum contract||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Chinanu Onuaku||Waived||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Ray Spalding||Waived||Phoenix Suns|
|Rashad Vaughn||Waived||Texas Legends|
|Jeff Withey||Unrestricted free agent||Tofaş|
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