NBA

Dallas Mavericks

Division: SouthwestGM: Gershon RosasHead Coach: Rick Carlisle
2012-13: 41-41 (10th in West)vs. division 7-9
Points101.1 (8th)
Rebounds41.9 (16th)
Assists23.2 (5th)
FG %.462 (8th)

Mavericks in tough for playoffs

CHOOSE YOUR TEAM

Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Bobcats Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors washington wizards


Western Conference Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets LA Clippers LA Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers Shaqramento Kings San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz

For the second consecutive offseason, the Dallas Mavericks had high hopes and plenty of cash for a star in the free-agent class.

(The Sports Network) For the second consecutive offseason, the Dallas Mavericks walked away disappointed.

Last year, Deron Williams spurned the Mavs in favor of staying with the Brooklyn Nets. This summer, Dwight Howard headed to Texas alright, but signed with the Houston Rockets.

To be clear, the Mavs made plenty of moves. They just didn't land the big fish.

Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis represent the new backcourt, replacing O.J. Mayo and a revolving door of underachieving, or declining veterans. Instead of Howard, Dallas brought in Samuel Dalembert, a decent shot-blocker and rebounder.

The bench was revitalized with the returning Devin Harris, the inconsistent Wayne Ellington, a slew of draft picks and some flyers on some youngsters with potential.

Who's In/Who's Out

Key Additions: Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin, DeJuan Blair, Devin Harris, Ricky Ledo, Gal Mekel.

Key Losses: Darren Collison, Elton Brand, Roddy Beaubois, Chris Kaman, Mike James, O.J. Mayo, Jared Cunningham, Anthony Morrow

Analysis: Dallas made some moves and ended up with the player they wanted on draft day getting Miami's Shane Larkin. Larkin is undersized for the NBA but is quick, aggressive and has good range on his jump shot. He is also very athletic and a strong defender. He will have a solid mentor to look up to in Dallas with Jose Calderon showing him the ropes of the pro game. Ledo meanwhile is a very intriguing prospect who didn't play in college after he was ruled academically ineligible at Providence(-TSN.ca)

Round 1* 18th overall (via ATL) Shane Larkin PG Miami
Round 2 43rd overall (via MIL) Ricky Ledo SG Providence

The Good

Despite missing out on the big prizes, the Mavericks did a solid job of bringing in talent and filling soime holes in free agency.

Monta Ellis, while maddening at times, can flat out score the ball and his shot selection has actually improved in the last couple of seasons.

Southwest Picks


Spurs (54-28)

The Best in the West?


Rockets (53-29)

Rocketing Up the Standings


Grizzlies (49-33)

Fighting For A High Seed


Mavericks (39-43)

Poor Dirk


Pelicans (36-46)

Up and Coming

Jose Calderon is a pro's pro at the point guard spot and will be both a good facilitator for the offence but also an excellent mentor for the younger players on the team.

Dalembert also can still have an impact in the paint.

Thie biggest thing the Mavericks should have going for them though this season is a healthy Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki's knees never really let him get going last season but he looks to be rejuvenated this year and should be able to carry a bigger chunk of the offensive load.

Fellow aging stars Shawn Marion and Vince Carter also still have some gas in the tank and should keep the Mavericks competitive.

The Not So Good

The Mavericks window to compete for titles is closed.

Nowitzki's knee injury last season sent the Mavericks in a downward spiral from the beginning. His 17.3 ppg was the lowest season average since his second in the league back in 1999-2000. The 7-footer is still a lethal force on the floor with his range and proficiency.

A bounce-back season is in store for Nowitzki, but his days as a one-man championship contender are over. And unfortunately for the Mavericks that means they aren't contenders either. The West is just too good.

They will likely be good enough though to avoid landing a high lottery pick, which might actually be exactly what they need.

Mavericks Depth Chart

Power Forward

Dirk Nowitzki
Brandan Wright
Dejaun Blair

Center

Samuel Dalembert
Bernard James
Fab Melo

Small Forward

Shawn Marion
Vince Carter
Jae Crowder

Shooting Guard

Monta Ellis
Wayne Ellington
Ricky Ledo

Point Guard

Jose Calderon
Devin Harris
Shane Larkin
Gal Mekel

What To Expect

The Mavericks missed the playoffs last season, but gave it a valiant effort.

This season should bring much of the same. Dallas will be on the fringe of the postseason through much of the campaign. If everything goes well, Dallas could punch one of the last two tickets to the playoffs in the Western Conference.

If things don't, and some of these personalities clash, it's lottery city for Dallas.

But, Carlisle, Nowitzki and the Mavericks have one clear goal in mind.

"Our mission this year is to get back to winning in the playoffs," the coach said during media day. "That's our mission. You know, the goal is always going to be win a championship, but getting to the playoffs and winning puts you in the top eight and then anything can happen there, so that's what our mission is.

"And we know that there aren't a lot of people that think we're capable of doing that, so our self belief has got to be there. I've got to point these guys in a direction that they understand what the path is going to be, how we can get there and what there particular job is going to be in that structure, and it's going to come down to how we defend and how we perform in close games."

Hunch is that Dallas comes up a little short of the postseason. The Mavs are a decent squad, but there too many teams that are just simply better in the Western Conference.




Big Tour

A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


2014 NBA Draft Tracker

Social Media
twitter icon

Follow the Raptors and Raptor play-by-play man Matt Devlin on Twitter! Check out the latest Tweets!

Podcasts

TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - August 24th 2014

Love for Wiggins is official! Is the future bright for Minny? DeMar DeRozan makes USMNT, Tim Leiweke steps down from Raptors & what's next for Kobe?

TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - Aug 10th 2014

Love-Wiggins done deal? KD: The Real Reasons, what's next for USA Basketball, Becky Hammon breaks barriers & Naismith 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - August 3rd 2014

1On1 talks Paul George & what's next for NBA vs FIBA, Wiggins for Love & welcomes Washington Post's Michael Lee to talk Five Alive & the Wizards.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television