The Dallas Mavericks produced one of the most memorable championship runs in recent history last year, as longtime NBA veterans like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry and others captured their first NBA championship.
In the offseason, Dallas lost Tyson Chandler, J.J.Barea and Caron Butler in free agency. Dallas also traded away recently acquired Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer to the Denver Nuggets for merely a 2016 second-round pick.
The Mavericks attempted to reload by signing Vince Carter, Delonte West and Brandan Wright. Dallas also traded for Lamar Odom, but Odom and Dallas just came to an agreement that places him on the inactive list for the rest of the season.
They are currently the seventh seed in the West with nine games remaining. Spots four through 10 in the West are only separated by four games, so Dallas' seed could certainly change by the end of the season.
The Mavericks just aren't the same team as they were last year, and here are five reasons why they won't make it out of the first round in the playoffs.