Mavs To Tank or Stay Afloat?

Mavs To Tank or Stay Afloat?

Katelyn Day, Staff Writer

With the first month of the NBA season coming to a close, and the Dallas Mavericks standing in the League’s ranks, the situation is far from ideal.

There is one question that has been floating around many different sports news outlets: will the Mavs tank or stay afloat? The Mavericks have the worst winning record in the Western Conference so far this season at 5-15. In the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls take the crown for worst record, 3-15; league wide, Dallas has the second worst record so far in the season.

Fans and analysts alike have been seeing this pattern ever since 2011 when the Mavericks won the NBA Championship. The Mavs seemed to have proven their worth in the League when they beat the Lebron, Wade, and Bosh dynamic trio, the Miami Heat. But as key components of the championship-winning team began to dismember, such as Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, the team’s chances of becoming “championship worthy” again, were slim to none.

Following the 2010-2011 season, the team started out being subpar, usually landing  the 9th or 10th seed by the all-star break in February, then working their way into a playoff spot. Granted, the Western Conference is loaded, having The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and the reigning NBA Champs, the Golden State Warriors along with a plethora of playoff contenders.

The major question is now, do the Mavs continue to tank the rest of the season in order to enter the NBA Draft Lottery and have a potential first pick over the Philadelphia 76ers and rebuild?

Or do they fight their way back into a playoff spot after key players come back off of critical injuries?

Although there are still roughly five months left of game time until playoffs start in mid-April of 2018, there’s simply not a lot you can do when your team can’t seem to find a rhythm or any team chemistry.

The answer to what the team and organization should do is simple: tank. Trade players that are not critical assets to the team. Rebuild.