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There's been plenty of attention about the Chicago Bulls having to try and survive without their main superstar, but the fact that the Dallas Mavericks are having to do the same has been more overlooked.
Mavs star forward Dirk Nowitzki is still recovering from an October knee surgery to repair a bothersome injury, so they have had to make do without him.
The results for their makeshift team haven't exactly been stellar with their 8-9 record thus far, but there's still reason to believe that this team can thrive with a healthy Dirk Nowitzki. In Dirk's absence, Dallas guard O.J. Mayo, who the team acquired this past summer in free agency, has been playing notably well averaging around 20 points, three rebounds, and three assists to go with his 18.91 PER.
When Nowitzki does return sometime in the coming months, he will hopefully be refreshed and revitalized, giving this team full of veterans a boost during the long season. With Dirk back in the lineup, the Mavs will also boast some quality depth off of the bench with guys like Darren Collison, Vince Carter, Elton Brand and Jae Crowder.
There's work to be done with the chemistry of this team, but once they get their superstar back and maybe start winning some more games, this group of talented guys are bound to mesh a little quicker. When the team unity starts to form, the rest of the NBA should be aware that this Mavericks team could end up surprising a lot of people as the season progresses.