As Dallas closes in on their 10th consecutive 50-plus win season, just how do they stack up against the other elite teams in the league?
As everyone knows Josh Howard was drafted by Dallas to be the second option—something he never lived up to in his stay with the Mavs. Howard, who spent seven seasons with Dallas, averaged only 64 games per season due to endless injuries. Also, he is outperformed by Lamar Odom, a guy who comes off the bench in the playoffs.
This is why Dirk gets doubled and triple teamed in the playoffs and still is a beast, In 04-05 when Shaq left Kobe couldn't even get in the playoffs and he still had Odom and Caron Butler finishing in 11th place tied with GSW 34-48
Odom career playoff stats: 15ppg 9.7ppg 2.7apg 0.7spg 1.1bpg FG 48% FT 64% 2.4 TO's
Howard career playoff stats: 15.5ppg 7.2rpg 1.6apg 1spg 0.5bpg FG 44% FT 78% 2.1 TO's
Used to Dallas had no one to match up with the opposing teams best player now, they have three with Butler,Marion, and Stevenson.
Now, for all those who say Dirk "chokes" in the playoffs this will prove you wrong
Kobe career playoff stats 25ppg 5.0rpg 4.7apg 1.4spg 0.7bpg FG 44.7% FT 81% 2.9 TO's
*Dirk career playoff stats 25.5ppg 11rpg 2.6apg 1.2spg 1.0bpg FG 45.4% FT 88% 2.1 TO's
* Dirk has played in 97 career playoff games
# NBA postseason-season leader, Defensive Rebounds 2006 (221),
# NBA postseason-season leader, Total Rebounds 2006 (268),
# NBA postseason-season leader, Minutes Played 2006 (982),
# NBA postseason-season leader, Free Throws 2006 (205),
# NBA postseason-season leader, Offensive Win Shares 2006 (3.8),
# NBA postseason-season leader, Win Shares 2006 (5.4),
# NBA postseason-season leader, Points Per Game 2004 (26.6),
# NBA postseason-season leader, 3-Pt Field Goal Pct 2002 (57.1),
Now lets look at the match ups...