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Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo had fine seasons for the Mavericks in 2012-13. Mayo averaged 15.3 points and a career-high 4.4 assists on 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Collison put up 12.0 points and 5.1 assists per game.
In the offseason, the Mavs set out to improve their backcourt and did just that, bringing in guards Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis.
At point guard, Calderon has ranked in the top five in the NBA in assists per 48 minutes in every season but one since 2006-07. The one year that he failed to do so was 2008-09, when he was eighth.
If you're more of a per-game-type evaluator, Calderon has averaged at least 7.0 dimes in all but one year since 2007-08.
Ellis, meanwhile, averaged 21.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field from 2006 to 2011. He never quite fit in with the Milwaukee Bucks, but managed to average 6.0 assists during his 103 games with the Wisconsin-based team following a trade from Golden State in 2012.
Dallas' new shooting guard is a better facilitator and scorer than both the previous point guard and shooting guard were collectively. It's no coincidence Dallas is ninth in assists per game this year.
There will be some bumps in the road, and Calderon's still looking to find his role within the offense. As Calderon struggles, however, he's still shooting 46.0 percent from three-point range.
He's a career 40.4 percent shooter from distance, for those questioning his sustainability.
Dallas has a superstar down low and two genuine forces along the perimeter. That's the beginning of a postseason push in itself.