It's not exactly a secret that the Dallas Mavericks win games thanks to their efficient offense rather than their mediocre defense. With a starting backcourt of Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis, holding teams to 90 points was never really in the cards.
Instead the Mavericks swung the other way. Though Calderon and Ellis can barely defend a folding chair, they are both dangerous offensive weapons. The guards were written off as free agents and available to the Mavs largely because of their defensive shortcomings.
But Dallas embraced their good sides. Together with Dirk Nowitzki and Head Coach Rick Carlisle, Calderon and Ellis have helped form the third most efficient offense in the league according to John Hollinger. Which is no small feat considering just two years ago the Mavericks were tied for 20th in that same category.
But what makes the Mavs' offense so dangerous?
Yes, Dirk is a star but he's 35 years old. Monta Ellis made Zach Lowe's All-Chuckers Team in 2012 and Vince Carter, the hero of Game 3, seemed washed up when he averaged 10.1 points per game in 2012.
Individually, this roster isn't anything special.
But collectively, the team is an offensive juggernaut. It's weird but true, and there are many reasons Dallas scares opposing defenses. But for now, we'll just focus on five in no particular order.