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No. 26: Dallas Mavericks

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:40 PM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 29 Title track: 11 Ownership: 17 Coaching: 14 Players: 29 Fan relations: 8 Affordability: 30 Stadium experience: 19 Bang for the buck: 66

Title defenses don't get more depressing than a four-game first-round exit, but the Dallas Mavericks remain in firm standing with the faithful. In large part, that's a credit to Mark Cuban's ingratiating himself as the rare owner with a perspective befitting both fan and businessman. Just like a Mavs booster taking up for the blue and ...

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