Jayson Tatum Reasons Why Dallas is an Underrated NBA City and Credits the Mavericks Fans

Published 01/10/2021, 11:42 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks are one currently of the most valued teams in the NBA. They boast a dangerous roster, and the fans love supporting their team, creating a wonderful air of basketball culture around the city. But is Dallas quite underrated when it comes to ranking quality NBA cities.

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Over the years, the NBA has seen franchises arise from various cities spread across the country. Of course, there are the famous ones like Los Angeles and New York, but other cities have also caught up in the fandom race by establishing a winning mentality in recent times.

Jayson Tatum credits the city of Dallas for its basketball appreciation 

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The Dallas Mavericks have quickly cemented their place as Western Conference favorites once again. The franchise eased into a rebuild after Dirk Nowitzki’s retirement, and it can be said that the team is now in safe hands. 

Moreover, Dallas Mavericks fans also receive huge credit for staying loyal to their team through the ups and downs. They create a wonderful atmosphere at American Airlines Center and the spirit of the game flows through the entire city. 

Jayson Tatum massively credited Dallas for their excellent basketball backing when he recently sat down with Tyler Herro and Quentin Richardson for a conversation on NBA cities. He cited Dallas as an “underrated” city in the league. 

“I don’t know if other people think it’s underrated, but I feel like Dallas is not necessarily like a big market, but I think that’s a great place. They got great fans. You know a great environment, Dallas is a great place to live, and they got the microphone inside the hoop,” mentioned Tatum.

The Boston Celtics forward was then asked which team has the toughest and the rowdiest fans in the league, to which he named Philadelphia 76ers supporters! 

“My mom and pops almost got in a fight one game with the fans. I like Philly fans, but they gonna let you know how they feel at the free-throw line, taking the ball out, walking back to the locker room,” added Tatum. 

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It was just a matter of few games before the young Dallas team found their rhythm. They were battered for an early losing run (2-5) in the season, but Doncic responded after helping them record three successive victories. 

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Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) gives a fist bump to owner Mark Cuban and CubanÕs son Jake after the game against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“We didn’t have a lot of time to get to know each other. Everybody overreacted to the way we were playing, but I knew we were going to be fine. I think we’re way better now, especially with the chemistry,” the Slovenian said

The Mavericks are a bright team and a unit that is capable of pulling down the big guns. They came close in the 2020 playoffs, but they can create something magical in this season as well. How far can Luka Doncic take the Mavs? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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