The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
Last season was the first time this century that the Dallas Mavericks were unable to make it to the playoffs at the end of the 2012-2013 season. Injuries and roster issues kept them out of the post season the Mavericks have made some key moves that should put them back into the post season.
Dallas starts and ends with their star player Dirk Nowitzki. The former Finals MVP struggled with injury last year as he only appeared in 53 games for the club. This led to his lowest career output since his rookie season back in 1998-1999. At 35 years of age it will be interesting to see what he has to offer at this stage in his career.
The Mavericks have made some moves to shore up their roster this year. With Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and Jose Calderon on the roster as potential point guards they should expect very serviceable play at that position. Vince Carter is still on the team to offer some experience to the shooting guard group but one should expect Wayne Ellington to get a good portion of time on the court as well. With Chris Kaman gone the Mavericks will have to rely on Fab Melo and Brandan Wright to play the center position effectively.
The Dallas Mavericks have brought together a unit that has talent in key positions, but the story will be if they can mesh together to work on the court. Everything runs through Dirk so his play will be a determining factor with this club's success. As the season progressed last year he seemed to return to form so Mavericks fans should not worry about too much as this season approaches.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Monta Ellis, PG: 19.2 PPG, 6.0 APG
Vince Carter, SG: 13.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG
Shawn Marion, SF: 12.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG
Dirk Nowitzki, PF: 17.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG
Brandan Wright, C: 8.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG
Expected Season Finish
7th in the Western Conference