Mavs Were A Little Better Than Last Year, But...

kirk lockhartCorrespondent IMay 16, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 21:  Forward Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks holds onto the ball after a rebound against the Miami Heat in the fourth period on January 21, 2007 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami  Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

A few days after a very frustrating Playoff Defeat to the Hot Denver Nuggets, I have to tell you that I am not giving up on the Mavericks completely.

They were just a little better than last year, but Not Much.

Why do I say this?

Last year they were 51-31, versus 50-32 this year. In probably the 2 most competitive Western Conference seasons in Decades. It was hard to survive with any losses in the West! Ask Golden State Warriors last year who won 48 games and missed the Post season. Ask Phoenix that won 46 this season and couldn't get in the door for almost the entire last month of the season.

We did make it out the First Round, but had an almost duplicate Bad second round series performance (4-2 loss) as we have performed the last 2 seasons. We just don't have an obvious solution to getting better by Next Pre-season?

The Portland Trailblazers broke through this season, but they had a Youth explosion that was bound to blossom...we have NO First round Draft Picks from the last few years still on the team. Not Since Josh Howard was a steal in the Draft (5 Seasons ago)Have we kept a High draft Pick ?

We still have not found a starting Center to replace Eric Dampier. Maybe Ryan Hollins can have an awesome summer and surprise everyone?


  • We could not REBOUND ahainst the Nuggets.
  • We could not defend Quick Point Guards at all.
  • We could not score in the paint against the Nuggets.


James Singleton was a Good fit, that was not used during the Post Season like he was in the Regular Season ? I liked the way he Hustled and attacked the Rim when asked to.

Antione Wright won the Starting two-guard spot by default. He did show enough promise to return next season, but is he the answer beyond pre-season 2009?

Gerald Green Never quite fit in with the New Phi-Slamma Jamma Offense we showed early on in the Regular season.

Brandon Bass was Awesome at times and looked like we might shock the league with his athletic ability and soft Jumper , but we strayed away from him against Denver?

Jose Juan Barea was sometimes down right aggressive in the paint, but he also sat too long against the Nuggets because of his inability to cover Billups, smith, or Carter.

But NO other Maverick could defend these Nuggets either...

Matt Carroll, Devean George, Jerry Stackhouse, and Shawne Williams can All relocate and Nobody will notice unless you had season ticket seats behind the bench.

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Josh Howard, and Jason Kidd will All return Next Season regardless of the Denver Series, but with at least 2 impact players added!

We are a little Better, a little Older, a little more Frustrated, and running out of Excuses.

We need to respond this Summer with something more than Free-Agents for the Regular season Home games Only!

Wish List: Blake Griffin, Ty Lawson, Hasheem Thabeet, Dujuan Blair, Greivis Vasquez, Stephen Curry, 

Google these kids and Pray something strange happens and the Mavs get at least 2 of these guys!