Assuming we even have an NBA season this year, the Dallas Mavericks have to be among the favorites to win the title in 2012. With Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry in place, the reigning champions are in a great position to repeat.
Those three players are critical to Dallas's success, but the Mavericks won it all because they were a complete team. Everyone on the team had a role they were willing to accept. Everyone was important.
Here are the players most likely to be back next year, ranked by their importance to the team...
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