Folks, you’re amazing. We’re one week into SB Nation’s FanPulse poll and the results are amazing. In the first poll, you answered general questions. Yawn, amiright? This time? Oh, this time got a little juicy. Not only that, it got a little personal.
You’re a Dallas Mavericks fan. That’s why you’re here. And this week, that’s what you were asked about. Boom! You did it. Look at you. I’m proud of you. I’ll get to you in a second, though. Let’s talk about the general question, which kind of pertains to the Mavs.
You were asked what would you like to see more of across the NBA. There were three options: Parity across the league, NBA Jam-style duos, or Super teams. Overwhelmingly, y’all voted for parity. Give yourself a pat on the back. Take a look:
Over 60 percent of those who voted want to see parity. NBA Jam-style duos came in second with just over 30 percent. That’s a wide margin. And frankly, it’s understandable. After years and years of super teams—from the Warriors, to the Heat, to the Lakers—fans are clearly tired. You want excitement. You want the 2011 Mavericks. You want the 2019 Raptors. Those teams are fun. Those teams keep hope alive.
The last time the NBA seemingly had true parity was the 1970s. It was a crazy decade, not just on the court, and has some similarities to today. Eight different teams won the championship from 1970 through 1979. EIGHT! Only 12 franchises have won the title since 1980. Your Mavericks included. Imagine a return to the ‘70s. We’re all sitting in a basement in Wisconsin. Hanging out. Donna lives next door. You’ve got the hots for her but are too shy to do anything about it. Then the Bucks win the championship. Now’s your time.
Could that be today? Maybe. The Raptors aren’t likely to repeat, but the league looks wide open. The Clippers seem like favorites. The Nuggets are right there. We don’t talk about the team from Harris County, Texas on this blog. Heck, maybe the Bucks will win again and you can finally ask Donna out. Parity is good. Parity makes the league fun.
For a really good read on how crazy the NBA was in the ‘70s, check out the book “FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History.” If it’s not on your shelf already, it should be.
OK, but for real. The NBA Jam-style duos are pretty cool too. You’re reading a Mavs blog. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are the best young duo in the league. You love it. You need it.
The poll also asked you specifically how you feel about the direction of the organization. Resoundingly, you think the team is heading in the right direction.
Ninety-three percent is a lot. It’s seven percent less than how much Cowboys fans think the team will win the Super Bowl before the season starts. So, that’s nothing to look down your nose at.
Frankly, I’m right there with you. I think most of the people at the site are too (not Josh). For the first time in a long time—and I mean a LONG time—the Mavericks aren’t just grasping at aging veteran straws. Dallas is revamped and renewed. Even walking into the AAC feels refreshing instead of the plod it has been in recent years. There’s a spark in the air.
The Mavericks went young and it’s about time. Doncic and Porzingis are amazing cornerstones. The rest of the guys are in their 20s and athletic with multiple skills. So far, they’ve brought energy to the game. Watching the team is fun again!
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