NBA Scouting Report: Dallas Mavericks
- Started By Aditya Trivedi
- Sidelines Senior Analyst
- 3 years ago
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.
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.
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.