2011 NBA Draft Preview: Dallas Mavericks, Who Will the NBA Champs Choose?

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2011 NBA Draft Preview: Dallas Mavericks, Who Will the NBA Champs Choose?
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It is time to give the Dallas Mavericks their due. They are the reigning NBA Champions of the World. All the talk of LeBron James and the Miami Heat losing in the Finals is all but done. The Miami Heat did not lose in the Finals, the Mavericks won it. 

Now that the Finals are done and over with, we can direct our attention to the next season—and with the next season, we focus on the NBA Draft. Dallas currently holds the 26th-pick of the draft and they definitely intend on using it. The average age of the Mavs is 29.6 years of age. Case and point: They need to get younger. 

Las Vegas has already put four other teams ahead of Dallas to win the NBA Championship next season. No one expected them to win this year and no one is expecting them to win next season. Jason Kidd is pushing 40, an injured Caron Butler will be 32 next season, and Shawn Marion, Peja Stojakovic and Jason Terry are all over 33 years of age. 

Long story short: The Mavs are old, and only getting older—meaning Dirk is getting older, too. This draft should be meant to find Dirk an understudy who he can groom and give breathers to. 

Here are some options to get younger for Dirk and the Mavs going forward as NBA Champs. 

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