Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder.
What do each of these teams have in common?
Aside from each having at least one of the best players in the league, all three teams have been ranked as one of the top dogs in the NBA for the upcoming season.
Interestingly enough, after 10 consecutive seasons of winning at least 50 games (and getting graded a B for their offseason performance by ESPN), the Dallas Mavericks enter the 2010-11 season on the outside looking in to the upper echelon teams of the league.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban certainly believes otherwise. The other day when asked if Dallas could beat the Lakers next season Cuban stated,
"Hell yes. That's it. Hell yes. We've got the size now. We've got the depth. We've got a lot more depth than the Lakers. It's not even close there."
Not too surprising of a statement coming from a man that walked past Kenyon Martin's mom, calling her son a thug.
The Mavericks now rank No. 1 in the NBA in seven-footers, with four total after acquiring Tyson Chandler via trade this offseason.
While Dallas' roster looks beyond ridiculous on paper, we must take into consideration that it's simply just a piece of paper.
The team's backcourt consists of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, J.J. Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois, and rookie Dominique Jones.
Kidd, entering his 17th season in the league, continues to produce at an efficient level and has the leadership instincts to uplift this team.
The Mavs frontcourt is stacked with Caron Butler, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Brendan Haywood, and Tyson Chandler.
Nowitzki, along with Dallas' centers, have the potential to dominate the West, if each can remain healthy throughout the regular season and into the playoffs.
Although it's too early to answer the question to whether Dallas has enough talent to beat the Lakers, one thing could be agreed upon for now, the Mavericks have one stacked roster.