With week 1 of the NBA season officially in the books, it’s time to assess where the new look Mavericks stand. The Mavs played 3 games this week finishing with a 2-1 record with the only loss coming from the San Antonio Spurs, but what did we learn from these 3 games?
Chandler Parsons showing unlimited potential. Despite a shaky start against San Antonio where Chandler Parsons was 2-10 from the field scoring only 5 points along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, he has shown confidence in the last 2 games. In the games against the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans, Parsons has averaged 20.5 PPG, 3 APG, and 5.5 RPG while shooting 52% from the field.
Monta Ellis has been working on his jump shot. Monta started off the season with a huge game in the loss to San Antonio where he scored 26 points on 11-21 shooting while also dishing out 6 dimes and collecting 4 rebounds. Coach Rick Carlisle said during the summer that he was going to work with Monta everyday on making his jumper for consistent. It looks like it’s paid off. This season Ellis is averaging a team high 19 PPG on 50% shooting as well as a team high 5 APG.
Dirk is still Dirk. Even though Dirk has had some trouble with his 3 point shot early this season, he still looks capable of rejoining the 50-40-90 club. Through the first 3 games Dirk is averaging 18.7 PPG on 56% shooting as well as 5.0 RPG and 2.0 APG. With the addition of Chandler Parsons this year Dirk will be looking at a much lighter work load. This means that he won’t be taking as many shots a game, which will most likely boost his shooting percentage as the season goes on.
Dallas is one of the deepest teams in the NBA. Even with Dirk, Monta, and Parsons all having high scoring averages the Mavericks bench and role players are still getting their reps in. The Mavericks have a total of 6 players averaging double-digit points and 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes a game. This shows that Coach Carlisle has a lot of faith in this team and is confident that the bench can score and help win games without the starters on the floor.
If the Mavericks continue down this path then I don’t see a whole lot of ways teams can stop them. With 3 all-star level players and easily one of the deepest benches in the league, Dallas is a team to be feared. Not to mention the huge upgrades on defense from last year in Tyson Chandler and Al-Farouq Aminu.
This team has a chance to be special.