NBA Preview 2016-17: Dallas Mavericks

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 42-40 (2016), 50-32 (2015), 49-33 (2014), 41-41 (2013), 36-30 (2012), 57-25 (2011), 55-27 (2010), 50-32 (2009), 51-31 (2008), 67-15 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 First-Round vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Last Playoff Series Win: 2011 NBA Finals vs. Miami Heat

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2011 vs. Miami Heat

NBA Championships Won: 1


 

Head Coach:

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Dallas Mavericks

Rick Carlisle

Overall Record: 661-471

Record With Team: 380-260

Playoff Record: 58-62


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Deron Williams (14.1 PPG, 5.8 APG, 2.9 RPG, 14.68 PER)

SG: Wesley Matthews (12.5 PPG, 1.9 APG, 3.1 RPG, 10.91 PER)

SF: Harrison Barnes (11.7 PPG, 1.8 APG, 4.9 RPG, 12.32 PER)

PF: Dirk Nowitzki (18.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 BPG,. 19.09 PER)

C: Andrew Bogut (5.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 15.92 PER)

Bench:

Devin Harris (PG), Justin Anderson (SG), Dwight Powell (PF), Salah Mejri (C), J.J. Barea (PG), Seth Curry (SG), Charlie Villanueva (PF), Quincy Acy (PF)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Dirk Nowitzki (18.3)

Rebounds Per Game: Zaza Pachulia (9.4)

Steals Per Game: Wesley Matthews (1.0)

Assists Per Game: Deron Williams (5.8)

Blocks Per Game: Salah Mejri (1.1)

Turnovers Per Game: Deron Williams (2.3)


The Prediction:

44-38

The window is closing for the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki’s career is coming to an end and the Mavericks are desperate to cling on to anything left in that guy’s tank. That’s the bad news. The good news is, Nowitzki is still good enough to lead a team to a playoff spot but as we’ve seen with this team the last few years….that’s about all he’s good for anymore. He needs help and unfortunately there isn’t a lot of it on this team. The Mavericks are the definition of an average NBA team and will likely once again be the victims of a first-round exit come playoff time. The team did make some moves this off-season to try and improve.

Chandler Parsons is gone. A pair of former Golden State Warriors are in town now as Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut have arrived as cast-offs from the Warriors. Will they play this season with a chip on their shoulder? Perhaps. However, I’m not a big fan of Barnes myself and I personally thought Parsons was a better player. Bogut could end up being a difference maker for the Mavericks though as long as he stays healthy.

I don’t have a lot of high hopes for this Dallas team. I think they are good enough to make the playoffs, but that’s it. Would I be shocked if they ended up missing the playoffs? Not at all. I would be shocked though if the Mavericks won a playoff series this season and made any kind of noise. I just don’t think they are that good. Did I say earlier that the window was closing on this team? It may have already closed.

markcuban

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