|2011-12 Team Rating|
|20th Overall||8th Overall|
2011-12 Season Stats
Chris Kaman was a nice, modestly priced pickup at one year, $8 million and a double-double threat in Dallas' system. Unless he loses too many boards to amnesty-waiver addition Elton Brand.
This is where Deron Williams was going to slot in. At least the Mavericks made a nice recovery, getting in Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo as aging Jason Kidd and Jason Terry were bolting.
Dallas lost some size with the departures of Ian Mahinmi and Brendan Haywood. The Mavs are smallish in the backcourt, too, offering spots to attack. Not a big step back but no step forward.
Jarded Cunningham and Dahntay Jones will help, along with re-signed Delonte West and Roddy Beaubois. Vince Carter and Brandan Wright are available up front.
First Toronto picked off Rick Carlisle's defensive coordinator, Dwane Casey, prior to last season. Now Portland has picked off his offensive coordinator, Terry Stotts. At least they kept Carlisle with an extension.
The idea was, we'd be watching Deron Williams set up Dwight Howard by November, a plan that enticed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson to willingly take a knee last season rather than aggressively defend Dallas' 2011 NBA title. Then Williams stayed with Brooklyn and Howard headed to the Lakers, pushing the Mavs to some backup plans.
They still can be a player for Howard next summer but luring him away from the talent and lifestyle in Los Angeles figure to be tougher than providing the escape he needed from Orlando. Dallas was resourceful but hasn't retooled into a contender.
-- Steve Aschburner
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||A|
|New Orleans Hornets||B+|
|New York Knicks||C|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||C-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B|