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Dirk Nowitzki battles for control of the ball against the Thunder
The Dallas Mavericks weren't able to repeat their success after winning the Finals in 2011.
Not only did they have a tough season, but their offseason didn't start off very strong. The Mavericks missed out on getting Dallas-area native Deron Williams to join them, in addition to losing out on getting Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
They also lost both Jason Kidd and longtime Mav Jason Terry, who joined the Boston Celtics.
Though they aren't one of of the favorites coming into the season, don't count the Mavs out just yet.
The Mavs still managed to have a good offseason despite these losses. They claimed Elton Brand of off waivers, giving Dirk Nowitzki a solid backup.
Free agents Chris Kaman and OJ Mayo were signed to the team along with Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones, who were acquired in a trade with the Pacers.
Chris Kaman, a former teammate on Dirk's German national team, is a veteran big who gives the Mavs an inside scoring presence. Mayo, Collison and Jones have the potential to be a strong backcourt for the Mavs. The three guards' speed and athleticism will allow the Mavs to score easy transition points.
But for the Mavs to qualify for the playoffs, they need Dirk to remain healthy. He is the best player on the team, but at 34 years of age it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to keep up with the younger players in the West.
It will take some time to integrate these new players into the system, but Dirk has the supporting cast he needs to go deep in the playoffs.