Each NBA Team’s Offseason- Dallas Mavericks

Posted: 08/13/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

Key additions: O.J. Mayo (FA), Chris Kaman (FA), Darren Collison (trade), Elton Brand (amnesty pick-up), Jared Cunningham (draft), Dahntay Jones (trade), Bernard James (draft), Jae Crowder (draft)

Key Losses: Jason Kidd (FA), Jason Terry (FA), Lamar Odom (trade), Brendan Haywood (FA), Kelenna Azubuike, Ian Mahinmi (Trade)
Grade: B-

The Mavericks had a very interesting and eventful offseason. After last season, the Mavs had a lot of money coming off the books. They were rumored to be in the market for Deron Williams. They wanted D-Will and Dwight Howard to form a dynamic 1-2 punch on the Mavs after this season. It seemed to be close to working, as Williams narrowed his two choices to sign down to the Nets and Mavericks. But it wasn’t to be. Williams picked the Nets. After that, the Mavericks still thought they had a chance to sign Howard next year, as long as he wasn’t traded to the Nets or Lakers, where he would likely resign. But that wasn’t to be either. Howard was traded to the Lakers. Not only did they miss out on Williams and Howard, but they lost two of their best veterans in Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. So they had to go to plan B. First, they signed their new starting C for this season in Chris Kaman to a 1 year, 8 million dollar deal. That is a great deal for a one time allstar. Next, they won an amnesty bid on Elton Brand for 2.1 million. Another good deal. But the best was yet to come. They then traded Ian Mahinmi for Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones, their new starting PG. And then they signed OJ Mayo, a young SG. So what originally looked like a fail of an offseason turned into a decent one for Dallas. They will be decent this year (better than last year), and should be considered a playoff team, with Collison and Mayo forming a dynamic backcourt and Dirk Nowitzki down low. But this offseason will always be considered a failure, as they failed to sign Williams and Howard.

Last year starting lineup:
PG: Kidd
SG: Vince Carter
SF: Shawn Marion
PF: Nowitzki
C: Brendan Haywood

With Terry (a perennial 6th man of the year candidate) off the bench.

This year projected starting lineup:
PG: Collison
SG: Mayo
SF: Marion
PF: Nowitzki
C: Kaman

With Brand off the bench

Projected usual 12 man active roster:
PG: Darren Collison, Delonte West, Rodrigue Beaubois
SG: OJ Mayo, Dahntay Jones, Jared Cunningham
SF: Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, Jae Crowder
PF: Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand
C: Chris Kaman

Projected minutes:
PG: Collison (31), West (12), Beaubois (5)
SG: Mayo (30), Jones (10), Cunningham (8)
SF: Marion (27), Carter (18), Crowder (3)
PF: Nowitzki (34), Brand (8), Crowder (6)
C: Kaman (28), Brand (20)

Projected minutes for each player:
Nowitzki: 34
Collison: 31
Mayo: 30
Kaman: 28
Brand: 28
Marion: 27
Carter: 17
West: 12
Jones: 10
Crowder: 9
Cunningham: 8
Beaubois: 5

The Mavericks have a very confusing roster and depth chart to me, as they are very deep and guard heavy. Looking back at the minutes I projected for each player, I’m positive that the number is way too low for guys at the bottom (everyone from Carter down.) A way of thinking of it for the bottom players would be -after the season- to add up the TOTAL minutes from each of the bottom 6, and dividing it by 82. That counts games where player’s were injured or got DNP- coaches decision’s, but I guarantee the minute averages will be a lot closer to what I’m predicting. It’s mind boggling that guards with huge potential such as West, Cunningham and Beaubois are so buried on the depth chart, and will get so few minutes, but that’s the way the roster is constructed at this point.

Last year’s stats:
Nowitzki: 21.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists per game
Collison: 10.5 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists per game
Mayo: 12.5 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1 steal per game
Kaman: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 blocks per game
Brand: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1 steal per game
Marion: 10.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal per game
Carter: 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game
West: 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals per game (44 games, injured rest of season)
Jones: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist per game
Crowder: COLLEGE
Cunningham: COLLEGE
Beaubois: 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal per game (53 games, DNPCD rest of season)

Each player’s strengths:
Nowitzki: outside shooting, scoring, FT, rebounds, leadership
Collison: passing, FT, floor general, youth
Mayo: youth, scoring, penetration, defense
Kaman: defense, blocks, rebounds, scoring, FT
Brand: rebounds, defense, steals, blocks, leadership
Marion: defense, leadership
Carter: dunking, penetration, leadership
West: passing, 3 point shooting
Jones: 3 point shooting
Crowder: 3 point shooting, tough, rebounding, defending, catch and shoot
Cunningham: defense, quick, athletic, shooting, scoring
Beaubois: youth, scoring, penetration

CUTTING off the weakness part of the post.

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Comments
  1. philabundant says:

    They may be a surprisingly strong team…a lot depends on whether they fit well together.

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