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Dallas

Mavericks

Southwest

2009-10 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
107.1103.2
10th Overall12th Overall
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2009-10 Season Stats

W

55

L

27

PCT

.671

GB

0

CONF

33-19

DIV

10-6

HOME

28-13

ROAD

27-14

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler give the Mavs plenty of offensive punch up front, Brendan Haywood is solid and Tyson Chandler in a contract year should be highly motivated.

A

BckCourt
No, Jason Kidd isn't getting younger. No, he can't do all the things he once did. Yes, he can still bring enough with Jason Terry, Rodrigue Beaubois and J.J. Barea.

B

Defense
Still have lapses on some nights, but have made strides to get back their edge. But Brendan Haywood and Tyson Chandler should protect the basket better.

B

Bench
They'd feel better if Shawn Marion could turn back the clock. But "Jet" Terry can still take off and fly on any given night to drop in 20.

B

Coaching
Despite loss to San Antonio in first round, Rick Carlisle's job was never in jeopardy. He's solid, prepared and is willing and capable to change on the fly.

B

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B+

Summary

Despite the fact that it all ended with a distasteful first-round playoff loss to rival San Antonio, the fact that the Mavericks won at least 50 games for the 10th consecutive season is nothing to ignore. The Dirk Nowitzki Era has been one of continued excellence, even if it hasn't yet delivered the ultimate prize.

Job No. 1 in the offseason was getting the free agent Nowitzki signed back on board. That was accomplished quickly and everyone breathed a sigh of relief to put him next to Caron Butler as a potent frontline scoring duo. It would be nice if Shawn Marion could bounce back from a letdown season.

The Mavs made have made themselves stronger and more athletic in the middle over the past year by bringing in Brendan Haywood and Tyson Chandler. The latter could really ignite things if he rediscovers his spark.

The backcourt mix of the aging -- Jason Kidd and Jason Terry -- and the youthful -- J.J. Barea and Rodrigue Beaubois -- is capable enough.

This time Mark Cuban probably won't call them the most talented Mavs team ever, just let them chase the Lakers and stay near the top of the West.

--Fran Blinebury

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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