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The Mavericks are still going strong as they stand at 11-4, currently holding the fifth seed in the west. The Mavericks still remain an offensive team led by Dirk Nowitzki, with Jason Kidd running the point.
While they haven’t won a title, the Mavs are one of the most consistent teams in the NBA. Every year with Dirk you can expect 50 plus wins, and a top four seed in the western conference. This year looks to be no different, as Dirk Nowitzki is currently third in the league in scoring, averaging 26 points per game. Despite being 32 years old, Nowitzki still hasn’t lost a step.
The Mavs have the same core from last year returning, but a year older. Jason Kidd, now 37 years old, is still playing the point guard position at a very high level as he’s averaging eight points, and nine assists. This Mavericks team is tailor made for Jason Kidd because they have shooters all over the perimeter.
The Mavs added big man Tyson Chandler over the offseason, and Chandler has played very well, giving the Mavs a presence down low, and someone who can clean up the glass. Chandler is averaging nine points and nine rebounds.
I still think the Mavs are a major piece away from contending with the Lakers. Many thought Caron Butler was going to be that piece, but he is severely underperforming. But we all know Mark Cuban never puts down the phone, and is always trying to make some sort of trade happen.
The Mavs have been one of the teams rumored to be interested in Carmelo Anthony, but Anthony doesn’t seem too thrilled about Dallas. The Mavs believe that if they traded for him, they could eventually convince him to sign a long term deal. That’s a huge gamble, but I think the Mavs would have to make it happen. Currently they have a good roster, but not a great one, and Carmelo Anthony could be the piece that puts them on par with the Lakers, and the eventual building block when Dirk starts to decline.
The Mavs are flashy, talented, but old, and still a piece away from being able to contend with the Lakers.