With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, an aging Mavs team with two new additions to buttress star Dirk Nowitzki in the twilight of his career.
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The mood in Dallas has not been a good one as of late. After watching their 2011 championship team become a distant memory, the Mavericks have been plagued with injuries and built around a team with short-term deals. The original plan was load up on smaller contracts, so they had the cap space to make a run at Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. Mark Cuban‘s plan didn’t go according to plan as Chris Paul stayed in Los Angeles and Dwight Howard went to the Rockets. The Maverick’s offseason was not a total sham, though. They managed to acquire some nice pieces to compliment Dirk Nowitzki.
Lets take a look at what Dallas did this offseason.
Acquired: Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington. Also drafted Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo.
Lost: Elton Brand, Darren Collision, Chris Kaman, O.J. Mayo, Anthony Morrow, Roddy Beaubois, Jared Cunningham and Mike James.
A major concern for Dallas this season is their defense; it is no secret Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis are not the most sound defenders in the league. If Dallas cannot stop elite Western Conference wings from penetrating and getting to the basket, they are going to find themselves trailing in a lot of games this season.