After winning the 2011 NBA title, the Dallas Mavericks looked old and unfit to hang with the league's elite last season. Their quest to repeat as champions came up well short. They were swept in the opening round of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dallas fans then entered into the offseason with a heavy dose of optimism. The Mavs hoped to land prized point guard and Dallas native Deron Williams, but those hopes were dashed when Williams chose to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
What's more, Dallas then saw Jason Terry and Jason Kidd, two pivotal members of their title team, bolt for new locations.
Despite these happenings, Mavs management has been quite busy. They've made a handful of additions, and the Mavs' roster suddenly looks revamped, perhaps even restored.
The additions of O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and Elton Brand not only fill gaps in a depleted roster, but they also help bring the Mavs back into title contention.
Therefore, despite swinging and missing at Williams and bidding farewell to Terry and Kidd, Dallas will enter the 2012-2013 season with high hopes.
It's time to analyze their schedule and break down how this team will fare. It may take some time for the new-look Mavs to mesh, but once they hit their stride, don't be surprised to see them in the upper echelon of the Western Conference.