2009-10 Record: 55-27
First place, Southwest Division
Lost in first round to San Antonio
G: Rodrigues Beaubois
G: Caron Butler
F: Matt Carroll
C: Erick Dampier
G: Jason Kidd
F: Shawn Marion
F: Eduardo Najera
G: DeShawn Stevenson
G: Jason Terry
G: J.J. Barea (Unrestricted)
C: Brendan Haywood (Unrestricted)
F: Dirk Nowitzki (ETO)
F: Tim Thomas (Unrestricted)
Areas of strength:
Ability to score the ball. Nowitzki is still at the top of his game and capable of carrying a team. Butler can provide support from the wing, Terry is capable of putting up big numbers off the bench and the aging Kidd can put them all in position to score.
The offense isn't as potent as it once was as Shawn Marion was not able to fill the shoes of Josh Howard at his aggressive, make-things-happen best. The defense has also lost its biting edge and allows penetration, which means they are drifting toward the middle of the pack at both ends of the floor and have less room for error.
Two Stats That Matter:
10 -- Consecutive 50-win seasons, tied for the third-longest streak in league history.
5-- Losses in regulation time last season when scoring 100 or more points.
The Way To Go:
After another disappointing finish, this time with a loss in the first round of the playoffs, Dirk Nowitzki has indicated that he is likely to opt out of the final year of his current contract and renegotiate a longer deal in order to free up salary for the Mavs to pursue a big name free agent via sign-and-trade. Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh would be a boost. But dare they dream bigger of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James?