Last year, the Dallas Mavericks went 57-25, good enough for third in the West, but not many expected them to win it all.
But all the pieces clicked at the right time. The Mavericks rode a great postseason from Dirk Nowitzki and got key contributions from Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and others ; they got a depth of contributions no other team could match and rode all the way to the NBA championship. Both Kidd and Nowitzki finally won well-deserved rings.
This year, head coach Rick Carlisle will lead a Mavs team with a very different roster. Some great players left the team, like Tyson Chandler, J.J Barea and Caron Butler. The team did make some nice additions in Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, as well as Delonte West, but many are scratching their heads at figuring out what the starting rotation will be.
Dallas had a huge amount of depth last year, which was one of the main reasons they prevailed against the Heat. This year, they also have a huge amount of depth. Jason Terry and Lamar Odom will steal minutes away from starters, and Nowitzki and Kidd aren't getting any younger.
The key question to ask is: How will each of these players—specifically those in the starting rotation—fare based on the offseason moves and the shortened 66-game season?
The answer can be found 66 regular-season games from now, but for now, all we can do is predict each player's performance and watch as the season kicks off a few days from now.
Here are full stat projections for every Dallas Maverick in the starting rotation.