By Andrew Pappas @AndrewPappas24 on August 18, 2014
The Mavericks have a nicely retooled team headed into the 2014-15 season. They should be competing for a playoff spot come Springtime. They will still be led by Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, but they will need new acquisitions Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Tyson Chandler to contribute throughout the season, especially in these five key games.
The biggest offseason acquisition not named LeBron James very well could be Chandler Parsons. Parsons left the train wreck that is Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Rockets and traveled North to the in-state rival Mavericks. It should be interesting to see how the Houston fans welcome Parsons back.
The Mavericks and Knicks completed a trade this Summer sending some well-liked players from both franchises to the other. Tyson Chandler is back with the Mavs after some rocky seasons in New York and will be looking to seek revenge on the team that sent him away. Other notable players in the trade were Raymond Felton, Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert.
After three seasons with the Mavs, Vince Carter signed with the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason. Carter was always a fan favorite in Dallas and had his share of game winners and highlight plays with the team. His return to the American Airlines Center will bring enormous cheers for the former All-Star and probably some over-the-top welcoming from owner Mark Cuban.
Jameer Nelson spent the majority of his career with the Orlando Magic before signing with Dallas. Orlando will surely welcome back Nelson with enormous cheers and a standing ovation. The Mavericks will want to end the first half of the season on a high note, and a win over the lowly Magic would help do that. This game should end a relatively easy January with a victory for the Mavs.
The regular season finale will surely have some sort of stake to play for. Both teams will be fighting for playoff spots or seedings, and the matchup between Dirk Nowitzki and LaMarcus Aldridge is sure to be entertaining every time they play.
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