Dallas Mavericks‘ fans will argue that if Dirk Nowitzki had been healthy all season long last year, they probably make the playoffs. You know what, I have to agree. The best player to ever put on a Mavericks uniform missed 29 games last year due to injury. In the 53 games he played, he averaged 17.3 points per game – his lowest since his rookie season and only the third time in his career that he averaged below 20 points a game. When basketball is mentioned in the DFW area, the big German’s name is one of the first to come to mind.
After the championship run of 2011 many people hoped he would have a chance to win another one. After the disappointing season they had last year, the question’s starting to arise on whether Dirk will have another chance to play for a title. If he does, will he have to go somewhere else? After missing out on Dwight Howard and Chris Paul the questions became more boisterous.
Mark Cuban, however, has answered the naysayers by putting together a team that seems ready to compete in the Western Conference. Dallas has added much needed help at the center position by signing Samuel Dalembert and Bernard James. The point guard position upgraded as well as they drafted Shane Larkin and signed Gal Mekel, Devin Harris and Jose Calderon. Dallas also added some scoring help as they added Monta Ellis.
Obviously, the Mavericks will not be favored to win a title this upcoming year, but they weren’t expected to do that in 2011 either. I’m not saying the Mavericks have a championship team right now. However, I do believe this roster is good enough to make it to the playoffs. As we learned in 2011, if you get to the playoffs, there’s no telling what Rick Carlisle can do. With all of the added pieces and a healthy Nowitzki, look for this team to get back to the playoffs.