The roster turnover has left the Dallas Mavericks as a shell of their 2011 Championship team, but with an infusion of youth and new faces, this team has given fans small glimmers of hope in each of their first three preseason games.
Dirk Nowitzki's apparent knee injury has put a damper on the beginning of this 2012-13 season for the Mavericks. If Nowitzki isn't at full strength, this team could be sniffing the lottery.
But the diagnosis on Europe's greatest player of all time isn't all negative, and it's likely Dirk, whether or not he chooses to opt for surgery, will be available for the season opener against the heavy Western Conference favorite Los Angeles Lakers.
After two preseason games abroad and one in the Mavs' own backyard, expectations and grades are here for this squad and their eight new faces.
Keep reading for grades at each two-deep position on the roster, including the seldom-used reserves, based on how each has performed after these early preseason tests and how that is expected to translate into the regular season.