New Players Shine in Dallas Mavericks' Season Opener

By Greg Higgins
Jose Calderon
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It’s hard to follow the Dallas Mavericks and not realize they had a major overhaul during the offseason. Dallas added nine new faces to the roster during the summer. None of them were more important, however, than Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Sam Dalembert. Last year, Dallas was sub-par at best in the rebounding category and with their play at the point guard position.

This year looks to be different with Calderon leading the way. Even though he missed a couple of weeks during training camp because of a hamstring injury, Calderon was on top of his game in the opener as he dished out 11 assists for the Mavericks. Dalembert did what he was supposed to do as well as he brought down nine rebounds for Dallas. However, the night belonged to Ellis as he put in 32 points to lead all scorers — and he also had eight assists.

Perhaps the most notable thing about the entire night was that you could tell everyone was having fun on the court. Maybe it was the fact they were winning by as much as 16, or perhaps it was the fact that they really enjoy playing with each other. This was evident in the fact they had 31 assists as a team on 44 made baskets. If this team plays like this night in and night out, this is going to be a fun season for Mavericks fans to watch.

More importantly, if they play like this night in and night out, Dallas will have no problem getting back to the playoffs.

Greg Higgins is a Dallas Mavericks contributor for Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457


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