The Dallas Mavericks finally ended a painful regular season on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets. With the win, the Mavericks were able to avoid their first losing season since the 1999-2000 campaign. Darren Collison provided the spark off the bench as he scored 25 points in the 99-87 victory.
Obviously, the season was a disappointment for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, O.J. Mayo all thought this team could make the playoffs when the season started. Coach Rick Carlisle along with owner Mark Cuban also believed this. However, things didn’t pan out for Dallas. From the early-season woes, the beard growing, and the late season push for the playoffs this team had more ups and downs than a roller coaster.
To say this team needs to figure things out this off season is an understatement. Their superstar, Nowitzki, isn’t getting younger. The defense on this team seemed to regress rather than get better and at times the offense was stagnant. Whether it’s through free agents or the draft — something the Mavericks have been dreadful at — this team has to get better. There must be an upgrade in position and they must get younger at those positions. Carlisle can’t keep hoping Shawn Marion, Nowitzki, and Carter can carry this team. Cuban came out and took responsibility and guaranteed they would get better. That’s something all Mavericks fans had been hoping to hear. They know he has money, now they want to see him spend it. It just so happens that this year, he has some extra time to figure out how to spend it.