With the NBA season only 2 months away, it’s never to early to start thinking about the post-season. Being that I am an extremely optimistic person and die-hard Mavs fan it’s impossible for me not to believe that Dallas has a serious shot at a championship this season. But being optimistic and believing in your team doesn’t win rings, the players and coaches do. Lucky for us the Mavericks are extremely wealthy in both these areas.
This offseason the Mavericks made NBA shaping moves in free agency. Tyson Chandler returned to his true home and Chandler Parsons decided to leave the only Texas team to not win a title in the last 5 seasons, well 19 seasons to be exact but who’s counting? Jameer Nelson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Raymond Felton, Richard Jefferson, and Greg Smith also joined the team this summer. All these additions will fill in key gaps for the Mavericks system last year.
While Samuel Dalembert and Shawn Marion did all they could do to make last years defense somewhat respectable, Tyson Chandler and Al-Farouq Aminu, along with an upgrade at point guard in Jameer Nelson, will be a huge improvement on the defensive side of the floor. Nelson will make it so our backcourt defense is no longer poor and Tyson Chandler will be able to cover for Dirk. Aminu will come off the bench and be able to guard anyone Rick Carlisle wants him too including the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James. All together, with the great mind of Coach Carlisle, Dallas will have a top 15 defensive team. That is a great improvement over being a top 25 defensive team last year.
Offensively is where Dallas is really stacked. Led by Dirk, Monta, and Chandler Parsons, or better known as RUN DMC, the Mavericks are easily a top 5 offensive team. Opposing teams defenses will be scrambling to cover all three and when they double team either Tyson will have an open dunk or Jameer Nelson will have an open 3. The bench is also very high-powered. With the dynamic duo of Devin Harris and Brandon Wright alongside Jae Crowder, Richard Jefferson, Raymond Felton, Al-Farouq Aminu, Greg Smith, Gal Mekel, and Ricky Ledo on the bench won’t have any problem keeping up production.
And lets not forget the most important aspect, Rick Carlisle. This man is not given nearly as much recognition or credit that he deserves. No one seems to remember that he won coach of the year his second year in the league and has been to the playoffs 10 times including an NBA championship. Carlisle is easily a top 3 coach along with Doc Rivers and Greg Popovich. No matter what team is put in front of him he will be able to create and execute a winning system.
No matter what way you look at it Dallas is a force to be reckoned with. They can run you into the ground offensively and lock you up on defense. They can score in any way shape or form through almost any player on the team. They have one of the best coaches in the league.
The most important thing of all, the Dallas Mavericks have the will to win.