For the Dallas Mavericks, the 2012 offseason was all about recovery.
First, the Mavs had to recover from missing out on the "big fish" from this offseason—Dallas native Deron Williams who opted to remain with Brooklyn.
Then, Dallas had to deal with losing their backcourt from the last half a decade, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry.
Many believed Dallas would not be able to come anywhere close to fielding a team that would be a contender next season.
However, the Mavericks were able to pull a rabbit out of their hat, and sign multiple experienced and young talented players to form a formidable squad for next season.
Still, the Mavericks are not really mentioned among the best teams in the Western Conference by most experts going into the 2012-2013 year.
But when you look closely at their roster, it becomes clearer that Dallas could really be a team who could surprise people next season.
Here are five reasons the Mavericks are one of the most underrated teams in the league, heading into the 2012-2013 season.