NBA Scouting Report: Dallas Mavericks

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

2013-2014 NBA Season Recap:

When the Mavericks missed the playoffs two years ago, it seemed that they were finally going back to rebuilding mode with an old Dirk Nowitzki and depleted roster. 2013-2014 showed that this team is still going to compete for the next few years, as they finished 49-33, which was good for 8th place in the Western Conference. It seemed that Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis both had major revivals, and with a strong bench headed by Vince Carter, this team was one game away from upsetting top seeded and eventual NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The addition of Monta Ellis, who transformed from inefficient turnover prone guard to high scoring, low risk center piece was a major highlight for the Mavericks last year, who look to have an even stronger 2014-2015 campaign.

Key Losses/Additions:

This past offseason saw the Mavericks make huge overhauls that look to help out their championship cause. While they lost a great playmaker in Jose Calderon and and great defensive center in Samuel Dalembert, they were able to trade for point guard Raymond Felton, sign starting caliber point guard Jameer Nelson, and get Tyson Chandler who when healthy, is the best defensive center in the league. Perhaps their biggest addition was that of rising star Chandler Parsons. While his stats in previous years showed him to be a bargain contract, he now has to prove to the NBA that he’s a 15 million dollar a year player that can be a superstar alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. The resigning of Devin Harris also helps keep their bench strong at the point, but the losses of Vince Carter and Shawn Marion will definitely be somewhat felt when the second unit comes in.

Offense (In 2014 averaged 104.8 ppg, 8th in the NBA):

Despite having some older players, the Mavs had a high pace offense led by Monta Ellis and and Jose Calderon. Harris was in charge of the second unit and those 3 players combined averaged close to 16 assists per game. Ellis typically led the charge in the fastbreak and open court while Calderon typically handled the half court sets. The addition of Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton look to pick up where Calderon left off and while both players are more turnover prone, they both are veterans who have valuable experience that can ignite an offense (Nelson has finals experience).

Defense (In 2014 gave up 102.4 ppg, tied for 16th in the NBA):

The defense typically led to most of the losses for the Mavericks, as their age and often erratic fast paced play resulted in easy baskets for opponents. The addition of Tyson Chandler will cause havoc for many opponents, while the gauntlet of guards led by Nelson and Ellis will result in a lot of steals and easy points for the Mavericks. The addition of Al-Farouq Aminu will also help in guarding a lot of the elite wing players next year.

Bench/Depth

The bench is filled with a mixture of veterans and younger talent. Guys like Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Ivan Johnson all have valuable playoff experience and can help facilitate the offense while younger guys like Al-Farouq Aminu and Brandan Wright can look to continue progressing their games and provide energy on both offense and defense.

2014-2015 NBA Season Prediction: 54-28 (.658), 5th in the West, 2nd in the Southwest.

Josh Miller
Josh Miller
Senior Columnist

Dallas will be good this year. But I'm not sure they can be as good defensively as most people think. Tyson Chandler is simply not healthy anymore and Nowitzki will be a year older. If Parsons can make a nice jump, that will be a huge difference. He will also take the pressure off Monta Ellis as a perimeter scorer.

Grayson Stout
Grayson Stout
Senior Analyst

I think besides the Cavaliers, the Dallas Mavericks had the most successful offseason of any team. Signing both Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler were huge additions. Like you mentioned, Monta Ellis is coming off a productive season, and I think an extra offseason of practice between Nowitzki and Ellis will lead to even more productivity.

Nice breakdown of the Mavs

Ced Donald
Ced Donald
Senior Columnist

The Mavericks will perform better than most people think this year. The Mavs and Spurs always seem to exceed the expectations of all the naysayers just as they did last year. Carlisle's flow offense is essentially a freestyle way of play predicated on not calling plays. The ball just moves until somebody's open for a high percentage shot. On defense they'll utilize a man-zone to mask the defensive deficiencies of Dirk. Ivan Johnson, whom the Hawks should have re-signed will add some sorely needed toughness to their 2nd and 3rd units. Even though they couldn't land Melo, they still made good enough additions to cause some match up problems for top tier teams in the west. Look for Dallas and Memphis to be the darkhorses of the WC.

Jaudat Ali
Jaudat Ali
Senior Analyst

Overall, the Mavs look great. They had an average defense which will become a top 10 by the time playoffs arrive, ofcourse tyson has to stay healthy. The biggest loss they'll feel would be of Shawn Marion. He is capable of guarding the other team's best wing player, and that is essential in today's game. The Mavericks will need to employ some great help defense to counter that. With Tyson at the ring, they'll have more players to throw at the perimeter, so i expect Carlisle to make adjustments that can take care of things.

Justin Olexa
Justin Olexa
Senior Analyst

Nice breakdown of the Mavs. Parsons gives them three great scoring threats to go along with Dirk and Monta. The health of Tyson Chandler will be the determining factor of whether or not the Mavs are serious contenders in the West.

Volta Fazio
Volta Fazio
Senior Columnist

I think the Mavericks did great for themselves with acquisition of Parsons. For those who feel they over spent on Parsons it's the old Washington Wizards Marcin Gortat dynamic ok so we hold on to the money but if noone is kicking down the door to sign then it's pointless to have. For years they been getting snubbed by premier talent Deron Williams, Dwight Howard most notably so to see them ink a glue guy in Parsons who went 16 5 5 in a restricted role was a gutsy and wise move by the Cuban front office. Tyson Chandler will assume the anchor role again that equated to a championship in 2011 however durability is in question this time around. The biggest issue I have with the Mavericks is in the west you can't be flawed at any spot and Monta Ellis as your starting 2 guard is a flaw. At this point the Mavericks need a backcourt more defensively competent than the undersized duo of Nelson and Ellis. With all that being said I project them to be between a 5-6 bracket 5 if they stay healthy 6 if the core can remain healthy primarily the frontcourt.