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Dallas Mavericks: Best Roster in the League?

Grant TaylorCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2011

Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Kidd. Lamar Odom. Jason Terry. Vince Carter. Shawn Marion.

All All-Star worthy, future Hall-of-Famers (well, maybe).

Nowitzki is a Larry Bird-esque power forward with a beautiful touch we at Bleacher Report call the "Flamingo Shot." He is an amazing leader and franchise player out of Germany and led the Mavericks to an NBA championship in 2011.

Kidd has been a leader throughout his career and has complemented Dirk and Terry with his passing ability and shooting touch.

Odom, the former Los Angeles Laker, is world-famous for his heroics off the bench. He played a key role for the Lakers (being the reigning Sixth Man of the Year) in their two championship wins. This offseason, he decided it was time to move on and took his talents to Dallas. His versatility (understatement) will aid the Mavericks in all areas on the court.

Terry is also a prominent sixth man. He shoots. And he shoots. And he shoots. And we love him for it. He can always jump in and knock down a couple of threes when you need them. Also a winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award (2009), will most likely be starting this season unless the Mavericks wish to maintain his right-bench dominance.

Carter is a high-flying scorer that can drive, shoot and dunk with the best of them (well, he did until his trade to the Suns anyway). But one off-year will not bug Carter if he knows he has a shot at winning his first championship with the Mavericks.

Marion is fast, plays defense and provides the offense when called upon. He has an ugly jump-shot, but he is reliable and a defensive beast.

Along with Delonte West, a combo-guard with a reliable shot, and Brendan Haywood, the big man with solid blocking ability, the Mavericks, in my opinion, have the strongest roster in the league.

Sure, the Lakers have Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Celtics have Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

But the complimentary pieces are strongest on the Dallas roster.

When you have that many talents on one team that compliment each other so well, the outcome is pretty clear:

The Mavericks will be pretty darn good in 2012.

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