Most sports fans are over the moon that the NFL season has just started, but, to NBA fans, September provides a very different reason to get excited: NBA training camps are just three short weeks away.
And in Dallas, there's a very important camp looming. Integrating all the new pieces will be a tough task, and it's a mystery as to exactly how the team will shake out around Dirk Nowitzki.
But until camp starts, we won't know. So for now, we can only take educated guesses at who Dirk's new sidekick will be. And for that matter who the starters will be. Or simply who the best players will be.
That's where some pre-training camp power rankings come in. We can look at player performance, importance to the team, their reputations and how they might fit into the current Mavericks team to try and create a 1-15 list of the best Dallas players for the 2013-14 season.
I'm just as curious as you are to see how this all turns out, so let's not waste any more time.
All statistics, unless otherwise noted, come from Basketball-Reference.com