In fact, the additions of Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo could end up paying more dividends for Dallas than what most anticipate.
Both are young players who will be playing with a great deal of motivation. They are each in need of a breakout season revealing their star power in the league. If they don't live up to expectations this year, their next contract could look much different from what they hope.
Therefore, Collison and Mayo will likely both have a substantial impact on the Mavs this upcoming season, and so the debate is over who will have the bigger impact. Who will realize their potential in a way that beckons league-wide attention?
The truth is that it better be Mayo, for numerous reasons.
For one, Mayo was the No. 3 overall pick in 2008 and averaged 18.5 points per game as a rookie in 2008-09. But his career hasn't made strides since. In fact, his scoring average has gone down mightily the past couple seasons.
He is thus in need of a breakout season or else people will quickly label him as a guy who didn't live up to the hype.
I'm sure Mayo realizes this, and as a result, expect him to play on a mission this season. Mayo's skills are definitely there, so if his mentality is as well, then he could post some lofty numbers in Big D.
Secondly, the Mavs need Mayo to have the greater impact. This is because they lost Jason Terry and are in need of a new scoring threat. Collison has the ability to score, but not like Mayo. If Mayo reaches his potential, he could become a player comparable to Eric Gordon or James Harden.
Therefore, Dallas needs Mayo to have the greater impact because his ceiling is simply higher than Collison's.
Don't get me wrong. Collison can have a large impact as well, but this should come in the form of scoring around 10-12 PPG and dishing out 6-7 APG. This would be solid production from the young floor general.
But the bar is simply higher for Mayo. He is the one whom the Mavs hope is a budding superstar. The reality is that if Collison has a greater impact than Mayo, this may likely just mean that Mayo didn't live up to the expectations, rather than praise for Collison.
This leads us to speculating just how Mayo's impact will be greater than Collison's. Overall, it will mainly be greater because Mayo should have the ball in his hands more. He has the ability to score in so many ways, and as a result, coach Rick Carlisle will likely give him plenty of chances to create.
If Mayo unveils his true potential, he could very likely pour in over 20 PPG this season. He is that versatile and difficult to defend.
What's more, Mayo will also have to show his ability to defend, since he'll likely find himself matched up against elite players Kobe Bryant.
As you can see, Mayo's importance to the Mavs this upcoming season is paramount, which is why his impact will be much greater than Collison's. Collison is a nice tool to have in the box, but Mayo is a true impact player.
Furthermore, while Collison will receive opportunities to create and dish to teammates, he very likely will get lost in the translation at various points. This is because he's not a main option on a team with Dirk Nowitzki, Mayo and newcomers Chris Kaman and Elton Brand.
The bottom line, saturated throughout this article, is the fact that Mayo is more important to the 2012-13 Mavs than Collison. As a result, it's safe to predict he will have a greater impact. He has every motivation to make this a breakout year, and he should receive ample opportunities within the Mavs offense.
Mayo ultimately needs to have a major impact that raises many eyebrows, because the trajectory of his future is hinging upon the production he will soon have in the Lone Star State.