The Dallas Mavericks will most likely not return to the NBA Finals in 2012-13. Although still remaining a top-tier NBA franchise, the Mavericks will be victims of circumstance in the upcoming season.
The Lakers and Thunder seem to be runaway favorites to compete as the top two teams in the Western Conference, leaving Dallas a long shot to return to its 2011 glory.
Since those days, the Mavericks have lost defensive backbone in Tyson Chandler, veteran leadership at the point in Jason Kidd and explosive bench talent in JJ Barea. Sixth man Jason Terry signed with the Celtics this offseason as a free agent, leaving another hole for owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs to fill.
Entering the season, Dallas' prospect of winning another title this year seems grim. If they are to do it, they are going to need the combination of a few major breaks and individual performances to take them over the top.