It wasn’t the best of seasons for the Dallas Mavericks as the team missed the playoffs with a 41-41 record. I’m sure that changes will be happening with Dallas moving forward, but I think one of the biggest changes would be just getting Dirk Nowitzki back to his old self. Nowitzki averaged just 17.3 points a game this season, which was well below his career averages.
If the Mavericks want to return to the playoffs next season, it is going to be up to Nowitzki to get back to averaging over 20 points a game.
I understand that he missed the first 27 games of the season recovering from knee surgery and that may have slowed him down some, but he has to carry his team as the star. It was his lowest scoring output since his rookie year and while he did shoot over 50 percent after the All-Star break, more is needed.
The Mavericks have free agents that need to be signed or re-signed, and that will make a big difference on how good Nowitzki will be next season. He needs to be averaging around 20 or 21 points a game next year though. It is the only way that this team is going to go anywhere. The other pieces around him are just not good enough to support a playoff team if he isn’t scoring in bunches himself.
Nowitzki is getting older and will be 35 before next season begins, but he should still have another few years left in his legs. It is going to be a big offseason for Nowitzki to get ready for a full, healthy season for the Mavericks.