The Dallas Mavericks did what they could heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season to try and make their team competitive and have a shot at making the playoffs. Though they missed out on Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, they were still able to make relatively solid signings in Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Samuel Dalembert.
When it comes to the outlook for the Mavericks’ upcoming season, their offense should look quite good. Calderon as a facilitator will be huge for Dirk Nowitzki and company, Harris will give Dallas a bit of versatility at the guard position, and Monta presents a wildcard that could pay off if he gets to playing the right way.
The Mavericks’ offense has the potential to be one of the better units in the league this season, especially if Dirk can stay healthy and produce at a high level, which is certainly a possibility. However, the other end of the floor could present a major issue for the Mavs this season.
Dallas’ defensive outlook for this season is certainly less than ideal. Calderon has widely been criticized for his career for his poor defensive play, Harris is an average defender, Ellis doesn’t really care to play defense and is only mediocre when he does and Dirk with his age and recent injury issues isn’t great defensively, either.
The Mavs’ two best defenders heading into this season are without question Shawn Marion and Dalembert. However, with the age and injury history of both players, Dalembert having semi-serious injuries and Marion having a slew of minor nicks, they aren’t going to be on the floor as often as Dallas would like for them to be.
If the Mavs are going to make the postseason this year as one of about five teams expected to be competing for the seventh and eighth seeds in the Western Conference, their offense is going to have to carry them there. When you look at their roster and how they’ve played in the preseason, their defense isn’t going to get them any wins. In fact, their defense will be the primary reason that they miss the postseason, if that were to be the way things shake out.