[2017-18 NBA Preview] Dallas Mavericks

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Dallas Mavericks one of those teams? Dirk Nowitzki is still here and will seemingly be in Dallas until he’s 80 years old and Mark Cuban is pushing him onto the court in a wheelchair. Harrison Barnes came into his own last season, what can he do for an encore? And what about rookie Dennis Smith who looks like the real deal? Can he get the Mavericks back into the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference?

Will the Mavericks compete for a playoff spot or will they compete for a lottery selection?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 41-41 (2012-13), 49-33 (2013-14), 50-32 (2014-15), 42-40 (2015-16), 33-49 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2015-16 First-Round vs. Oklahoma City

Last Playoff Series Win: 2010-11 NBA Finals vs. Miami Heat

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2010-11 vs. Miami Heat

NBA Championships Won: 1


 

Head Coach:

Rick Carlisle

Overall Record: 694-520

Record With Team: 413-309

Playoff Record: 58-62


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Dennis Smith Jr. (ROOKIE)

SG: Wesley Matthews (13.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 11.9 PER)

SF: Harrison Barnes (19.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 16.3 PER)

PF: Dirk Nowitzki (14.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 17.0 PER)

C: Nerlens Noel (8.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 20.4 PER)

Bench:

Yogi Ferrell (PG), Dwight Powell (PF), Seth Curry (SG), Dorian Finney-Smith (SF), Salah Mejri (C), J.J. Barea (PG), Devin Harris (SG), Josh McRoberts (PF), P.J. Dozier (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Harrison Barnes (19.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Dirk Nowitzki (6.5)

Steals Per Game: Seth Curry (1.1)

Assists Per Game: Deron Williams (6.9)

Blocks Per Game: Nerlens Noel (1.9)

Turnovers Per Game: Deron Williams (2.5)


 

The Prediction:

36-46

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