The New Kidd In Town
The Mavericks moved forward dramatically in 1994-95. After having gone 13-69 the previous season, Dallas posted a 23-game improvement and finished at 36-46, the biggest turnaround in club history and the greatest improvement in the NBA for the season. The 36 wins were 12 more than the Mavericks had managed in the previous two seasons combined. They even strung together a few modest win streaks, the longest at six games between March 20, 1995 at Cleveland and March 30, 1995 at Charlotte. Four of the six games were on the road. The Mavericks drafted Jason Kidd out of California second overall in the 1994 draft. He came behind Glenn Robinson of Purdue. Kidd not only tied Grant Hill for the NBA Rookie of the Year, but led the NBA in triple-doubles. The season also marked the return of Dick Motta as head coach. Motta remained until the 1996-1997 campaign, when owner Donald Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot, Jr. and David McDavid. Motta remained as a consultant, and Jim Cleamons assumed the head coaching role. All in all, the Mavericks were balanced in their efforts over the season. Guard Jim Jackson led the Mavericks in scoring, with 25.7 per game. Jamal Mashburn followed with 24.1 ppg. Forward Popeye Jones led the team in rebounding, with 10.6 per game and Kidd led the team in assists with 7.7 per game. At 49.8 ppg, Jackson and Mashburn were the second-highest scoring duo in the NBA, behind Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway. Jackson and Mashburn both had 50-point games - Mashburn at Chicago on Nov. 12, 1994 and Jackson a few days later, at Denver on Nov. 26.
Won 36, lost 46 (fifth, Midwest)
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