In the last part, the team's first playoff runs were mentioned, including the 1983-84 one, in which the Mavs made it into the 2nd round and gave the heavily favored Lakers many problems. Now, moving on, we look at the 1985-86 and 1986-87 season. Also, check out Part 1 and Part 2!
Following the disappointment of the 1985 playoffs, the Mavs looked to take the next step in 1985-86. However, the offseason started very slowly as the Mavs took 3 players in the first round (Detlef Schrempf, Uwe Blab, and Bill Wennington), who had no lasting impact on the team. Particularly stinging from the draft was the fact that the Mavs passed on future star Karl Malone. Eventually, though, the Mavs' front office started to turn it around as they acquired center James Donaldson from the Clippers. Throughout their history, the Mavs have had a lot of hyped centers come through town, i.e. Shawn Bradley and Erick Dampier. However, of all the centers, Donaldson remains the best in Mavs’ history as he became an All-Star and eventually helped the team take the next step.
As the season began, the Mavs started out very slowly, only splitting their first 38 games. However, Dick Motta then made a key move – shifting Derek Harper into the starting line-up for Brad Davis – which helped the Mavs finish the season 44-38 and a playoff spot. Among the highlights of the year included a huge win over
With the 7th pick in the 1986 draft, the Mavericks drafted an immediate impact player in Roy Tarpley. While he was healthy, Tarpley was one of the most dominant players in Mavs' history and became viewed at as the missing piece to a Championship, manning the boards night after night. However, he came with a lot of baggage, namely his drug problems, which would cause a lot of problems in his time in
I know the video below is mostly Larry Bird highlights, but hey, there is some Mavs' stuff in there and it was a Mavs' win against the Celtic's Dynasty.