Dallas Mavericks: 20-1

Here is a frightening 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 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. While the reduction of facilitator Jose Calderon and ace sniper will sting, Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow. And a few possessions can be absorbed by Monta Ellis as well, which won’t be a terrible thing for the Mavs’ assault.
The significant increase comes from Chandler Parsons, who’ll play small forward to absorb nearly all of the wing minutes Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. Tyson Chandler mans the center of what should be a better defense.
What Dallas has is delicate. It’s dependent upon the wellbeing and continuing potency of Dirk Nowitzki, about whom an elite offense may still be built. Nowitzki is, himself, although that is a remarkable thing to mention about a participant.
He’ll be a defense-shredder in the place. And the remainder of the Mavs will play him off as Carlisle pulls on the strings.
Doubt this set of vets.

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