Dallas Mavericks: 20-1

Here is a scary thought, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:”You do not get any better than Rick Carlisle offense, but Carlisle’s offense got better this offseason.”
Drink this one in.
Last year, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league with an offensive rating of 109, decimal points behind the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, according to NBA.com. Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow, while the loss of ace sniper and continuous facilitator Jose Calderon will sting. And Monta Ellis can consume a few possessions also, which won’t be a bad thing for the Mavs’ assault.
The increase comes in Chandler Parsons, who will play small forward to consume almost all the wing minutes Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. Tyson Chandler mans the middle of what should be an improved defense.
What Dallas has is fragile. It’s dependent upon the wellbeing and ongoing potency of Dirk Nowitzki, about whom an crime can nevertheless be built. That’s a remarkable thing to say about a 36-year-old player, however Nowitzki is, himself remarkable.
He’ll be a defense-shredder in the high post. And the remainder of the Mavs will play him off as on the strings are pulled by Carlisle from the bench.
Doubt this set of battle-tested vets in your own risk.

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