Despite being a playoff team and boasting two future Hall of Famers during the 2011-12 season, the Dallas Mavericks were not a very good basketball team. They got by on the veteran prowess of stars Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, but were exposed in a playoff series sweep against Oklahoma City.
This season, Rick Carlisle's team is going to need to make some fundamental changes if it wants to compete in the Western Conference. In an offseason that included Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to L.A. and Jeremy Lin to Houston, it seems the West is tougher than ever.
Considering that the Mavericks missed out on Deron Williams, are dealing with injuries to frontcourt starters Nowitzki and Chris Kaman, and now feel their heels being clipped by up-and-comers like Golden State and Minnesota, this is a pivotal season to prove Dallas is still a year-to-year contender.
With eight new faces on the roster, Carlisle will have to mesh his returning talent and his three new starters very quickly into the season. With plenty of room for growth from last season, here are five changes the coaching staff will emphasize to try and help reestablish Dallas as a title contender in 2012-13.