Here it is. The NBA regular season is finally upon us, and we’ll finally get a chance to see what these teams are made of.
Adding up each player’s scoring average for last year gives a total of 119.5, and that’s including two second year players who combined for less than eight points per game last year and three rookies who have yet to score a single point in the NBA. While this admittedly doesn’t prove much, as it doesn’t account for playing time, it does show that the Mavericks have some players who can put up points in bundles.
That also doesn’t take into account the fact that both Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki had down years by their lofty standards. If they can return to their old selves, this could be one of the top scoring teams in the league.
On the other hand, defense and rebounding could be real issues for much of the season. Other than DeJuan Blair, Samuel Dalembert and Shawn Marion, there really aren’t any decent rebounders or big man defenders on the roster. With Al Horford and now Paul Millsap up front for the Hawks, this could be a real issue.
Luckily for the Mavericks, the rest of the Hawks’ roster doesn’t look all that intimidating. This should be a relatively easy win, assuming they can stay out of foul trouble and don’t turn the ball over too much while getting accustomed to playing together. The Mavericks should be able to outscore the Hawks on the way to starting off 1-o.