By Miotch @_Report on March 28, 2014
The Dallas Mavericks are currently on the outside looking in so far as making the postseason is concerned. Dirk Nowitzki is expected to return next season, but a major shakeup will be necessary to make the Mavericks legitimate title contenders again. Here are five ways the Mavericks can improve as a basketball team this offseason.
The Mavericks finally had a decent spot in the first round of last year's NBA Draft, but Shane Larkin has been a complete dud. Phil Pressey, who wasn't even drafted, has come on of late for the Boston Celtics, averaging almost four assists per game over his last 10 games. Pressey has accomplished this in minimal minutes and, maybe, the Mavericks can right a wrong by piecing a trade together that also includes shipping Shane Larkin to the Celtics.
Jordan Clarkson is a beast. Like most basketball players out of Missouri, though, he's slept on. Clarkson's standout performance this season was against Kentucky when he scored 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting in a heartbreaking loss.
Given the Mavericks' recent collapse, the team will most likely not lose their first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They should use that pick on Clarkson.
One of the greatest defensive players of his generation, Sefolosha can give the Mavericks what they've been missing since the departure of DeShawn Stevenson. Simply trying to outscore teams in a shootout hasn't quite worked out the past few seasons.
Avery Johnson has had some bad luck while coaching the Brooklyn Nets, but the Mavericks know he's a good coach. Yes, bringing back the coach who was fired years ago to be an assistant to the guy who replaced him sounds a bit strange, but the situation is unique in that there's still love between Johnson and the Mavericks. And why not bring back a familiar face?
This may seem like an impossibility, but there's turmoil in Los Angeles as there's uncertainty about who is really running the show for the Lakers. The Lakers are in even more disarray than the Mavericks, and Bryant doesn't have time for that. Plus, Mark Cuban has been planting the seed in recent years with his suggestion the Lakers amnesty Bryant. Bryant would want to team up with another hungry veteran, and who better than Dirk Nowitzki?
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