Dallas Mavericks: 20-1


Here’s a frightening thought, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:»You don’t get any better than Rick Carlisle offense, but Carlisle’s offense got better this offseason.»
Drink this you in.
Last season, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league having an offensive rating of 109, decimal points behind the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, based on NBA.com. Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow, while the loss of ace sniper and steady facilitator Jose Calderon will sting. And Monta Ellis can absorb a few possessions as well, which won’t be a bad thing for the Mavs’ attack.
The boost comes in Chandler Parsons, who will slot in small forward to absorb nearly all the wing minutes Shawn Marion and Vince Carter shared. Tyson Chandler mans the center of everything should be a better defense.
What Dallas has is delicate. It depends on the continuing and health potency of Dirk Nowitzki, about whom an elite offense can be built. That’s a remarkable thing to say about a player, however Nowitzki is, himself remarkable.
As long as he is able to stand erect, he’ll be a defense-shredder from the high post. And the remainder of the Mavs will play off him as the strings are pulled by Carlisle from the seat.
Doubt this group of battle-tested vets.

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