Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft
Potentially an extremely active team this offseason will be the Dallas Mavericks as they have nearly $ 30 million in cap space. Mark Cuban certainly picked the correct year to clear out space as a number of talented free agents are on the market. The Mavericks already struck a trade with the New York Knicks but still need some major upgrades at a couple of positions to remain competitive next season.
1. Raymond Felton
2. Gal Mekel
Unfortunately, Dallas was forced to take back Raymond Felton as a throw-in alongside Tyson Chandler. Felton was arguably the worst starting point guard in the NBA last season, as he appeared slow, out of shape and unable to really do anything productive while on the court. Hopefully Dallas can bring in a young, exciting point guard via free agency this summer who can start ahead of Felton.
1. Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis resurrected his career last season in his first year as a member of the Mavericks. His scoring numbers were off the charts, and he was very efficient when shooting the ball, something that has been a major issue for him in years past. Because of all of his hard work put in to drastically improve his game, Ellis will be the starting SG in Dallas next season and likely years to come after that.
1. Jae Crowder
A position that needs to be addressed this offseason in free agency is most certainly small forward. Jae Crowder has proven to be capable of contributing solid time off the bench throughout his two-year career, but he simply is not a good enough player to be a starter. Dallas must find a more viable option to start at SF with Crowder coming off the bench as a role player.
1. Brandan Wright
Until Dirk Nowtizki does the inevitable and re-signs a deal with the Mavericks, Brandan Wright is the team's one and only power forward. Don't get me wrong, Wright can play quality minutes on a championship team without a doubt. However, believing he can be a starter may be pushing the line just a bit.
1. Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler was the whole reason why Dallas gave up a ton of assets to the New York Knicks. He played a vital role in the Mavericks team that defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals four years ago, playing his role as the defensive anchor at an elite level. Dallas fans should be ecstatic to have Chandler back in town and even more ecstatic that his contract comes off the books next summer.