Changes highlight the Mavericks roster, though Nowitzki remains the focal point of the Mavericks' attack. Dirk's impact transcends his play on the court, as Mark Cuban has expressed time and time again (via DallasNews.com).
Dirk defines our culture. When your best player, no matter how old, is the first one in the gym and the last to leave, and works the hardest and encourages guys the way Dirk does ... that has a value that goes far beyond what you see on the court.
That's all well and good, but Cuban isn't paying the seven-foot sharpshooter $20 million just to set a good example for his teammates. Nowitzki is the best player on the roster, and as such, he must produce for the Mavericks to have a shot at the postseason.
The Western Conference is loaded once again this season, so Rick Carlisle needs to figure out how to mesh new players with the incumbent star quickly.
That starts with utilizing the skill that has brought Nowitzki success for so many years: shooting.