Here is a scary thought, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:”You do not get any better than Rick Carlisle offense, but Carlisle’s offense got a lot better this offseason.”
Drink that one in.
Last season, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league with an offensive rating of 109, decimal points supporting the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, based on NBA.com. Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow, while the reduction of genius sniper and continuous facilitator Jose Calderon will sting. And a few possessions can be absorbed by Monta Ellis also, which won’t be a bad thing for the Mavs’ attack.
The significant boost comes from Chandler Parsons, who’ll play small forward to absorb almost all of Vince Carter and the wing minutes Shawn Marion shared. Tyson Chandler mans the center of what should be an improved defense.
What Dallas has is delicate. It depends on the ongoing and health potency of Dirk Nowitzki, about whom an elite offense can be built. That’s a remarkable thing to mention about a player, however Nowitzki is, himself remarkable.
As long as he is ready to stand upright, he’ll be a defense-shredder in the high post. And the remainder of the Mavs will play him off as Carlisle pulls the strings from the bench.
Doubt this group of vets.
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