NOW, as far as this 2011-2012 version of the Dallas Mavericks…I’m not really convinced
GUARDS: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Vince Carter, Delonte West, Dominque Jones, Rodruige Beaubois
FORWARDS: Dirk Nowitzki, Lamar Odom, Shawn Marion, Brandan Wright, Brain Cardinal
CENTERS: Brendan Haywood, Ian Mahinmi(…..) Jamal Sampson(………)
Nah yo it really hurts my soul just to type that my son LO is a actual player on the Dallas Mavericks roster. The fact that they swindled him from my Lakers is the exact reason why Mark Cuban is the most swaged out GM in the league and possibly ever. How you take the 2nd best player off your arch rival team and give back basically nothing in return is absolutely mind-blowing. But anyways…
When assessing how the Mavs are going to do this year is really a matter of addition vs subtraction. Subtract JJ Barea, Tyson Chandler, Caron Bulter, Deshawn Stevenson, Peja…add back Lamar, Vince Carter, & Delonte West. The biggest difference between the championship version of the Mavs from any other year was clearly Tyson Chandler, and his ability to be the center piece of a zone defense. A defense that completely baffled a Phil Jackson coached Lakers team, and a defense that was able to hold Lebron to 8 points in a finals game.
That right there changes everything.
Brendan Haywood is a solid center, but has nowhere the mobility of a Chandler. So where do they go from here? Do they start playing man defense again? Who knows, thats a big question they have to fill.
Furthermore, last seasons version of the Mavs was one where Dirk was able to play there 4 position at ALL times, and never had to slide over to the 5 because of the luxury having either Chandler or Haywood in with every lineup. Now he might have to go back to those 07-08 days of playing some 5 occasionaly.
And as dope as getting Lamar Odom was, how does he fit into this team. Do you play him at PF and slide Dirk to the Center? Do you play him at the 3? How effective can he be playing alongside Shawn Marion? Don’t they really have the same exact type of game?
Is Vince Carter washed, sure you have J Terry to back him up, and essentially be the main 2 guard, but Vince is nowhere near the type of defender that Deshawn Stevenson was. On Christmas day are you going to start a 33 year old Vince Carter on Dwayne Wade and have the same success you had last June??
And lastly, who the f*** are these 2 other centers on this roster?
PREDICTION: 43-23 – They’ve got a lot of questions to be answered man, but also keep in mind that I’m a Lakers fan and a world class hater, so maybe I OD’d. Dirk’s still got a black girlfriend so that means they finish top 3 in the west minimum. But more than likely everything I’ve said here is absolutely true just like everything else on Swish.