Here is a scary idea, through Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:”You don’t get any better than Rick Carlisle offense, but Carlisle’s offense got a lot better this offseason.”
Drink that one in.
Last year, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league having an offensive rating of 109, decimal points supporting the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, based on NBA.com. While the reduction of genius sniper and steady facilitator Jose Calderon will sting, Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow. And Monta Ellis can consume a few possessions also, which won’t be a bad thing for the Mavs’ assault.
The major boost comes from Chandler Parsons, who’ll slot in small forward to absorb almost all of Vince Carter and the wing moments Shawn Marion shared. Tyson Chandler mans the center of everything should be an improved defense.
What Dallas has is fragile. It’s dependent upon the health and continuing potency of Dirk Nowitzki, around whom an offense that is elite can be built. That is a remarkable thing to mention about a 36-year-old player, but Nowitzki is, himself.
As long as he’s able to stand erect, he’ll be a defense-shredder from the post. And the remainder of the Mavs will play him off as Carlisle pulls on the strings from the seat.
Doubt this set of vets at your own risk.
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