Dallas Mavericks: 20-1

Dallas Mavericks: 20-1

Here’s a scary thought, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:”You don’t get any better than Rick Carlisle crime, but Carlisle’s offense got a lot better this offseason.”
Drink that you in.
Last season, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league with an offensive rating of 109, decimal points behind the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, based on NBA.com. While the loss of steady facilitator Jose Calderon and genius sniper will sting, Dallas brought to soften the blow. And a few possessions can be absorbed by Monta Ellis as well, which will not be a bad thing for the Mavs’ attack.
The increase comes in Chandler Parsons, who will play small forward to consume nearly all of the wing minutes Shawn Marion and Vince Carter shared. Tyson Chandler mans the middle of everything should be a better defense.
What Dallas has is delicate. It depends on the health and continuing potency of Dirk Nowitzki, around whom an offense may be built. Nowitzki is, himself remarkable, although that’s a remarkable thing to say about a 36-year-old player.
As long as he’s able to stand upright, he’ll be a defense-shredder in the high place. And the rest of the Mavs will play him off as on the strings are pulled by Carlisle from the bench.
Doubt this group of vets in your own risk.

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