When the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Championship, Tyson Chandler was easily the Mavs most important player. While Dirk Nowitzki might be known as the player who carried that team, it was Chandler who had the biggest impact in the underrated Dallas squad dethroning the favorite Miami Heat.
However, the golden days of No. 6 anchoring the middle in Big D are long gone and the Mavs shave done a poor job replacing Chandler. In the two years that Dallas has been without the seven-footer since 2010, the Mavs are 77-71 and haven’t won a single playoff game. Coincidence? Hardly.
Given the circumstances, it’s obvious why Dallas was so involved in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and why it’s still keen on adding Andrew Bynum to the roster. Having a stellar big man like Bynum alongside Dirk Nowitzki would open the door for No. 41 to get back to the player he was when the Dallas forward won the 2011 NBA Finals MVP.
However, throwing another average center like Elton Brand next to Dirk and he will be forced to shoulder a massive load for the remainder of his career.
Meanwhile, Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson is in a fierce battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers to haul in Bynum — if he comes to Texas healthy, than Dallas can expect to return to the NBA Finals sooner rather than later.