The Dallas Mavericks
a professional basketball team and members of the National Basketball Association. Founded in 1980 during the NBA All-Star Game, with the team’s name coming from the 1957–1962 TV western Maverick. The name was chosen from 4600 fan-mailed postcards, beating Wranglers and Express. Since their inception, the Mavs have advanced to the playoffs 17 times. Since their inaugural 1980–81 season, the Mavericks have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010), two conference championships (2006, 2011), and one NBA Championship (2011).