Dallas Mavericks 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Dallas Mavericks 2016 Preview
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The Dallas Mavericks have missed the playoffs just once in the last 15 years and will always be competitive as long as Rick Carlisle is coaching the team. The problem is the Mavs haven’t made it out of the first round since winning the NBA Finals.
Can the Mavericks get over the hump this season?
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Here is your 2016 Dallas Mavericks NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The biggest loss for the Mavericks was losing knockdown shooter Chandler Parsons. While he spent his two years with Dallas banged up, he’s still a 38 percent shooter from deep and is good for 15 points per game most nights. The Mavs also lose center Zaza Pachulia after one season in which he had a career high 9.4 rebound average. Backup point guard Raymond Felton leaves after two seasons in which he produced more than 800 points and 300 assists during that span.
Key Player Additions: The Mavericks got a couple of Warriors on their team in Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. Barnes is known for coming up small in the playoffs, but he’s still just 24 years old and is a career 37.6 percent shooter from downtown. It will be interesting to see if Barnes can turn things around as more of a focus within an offense. Bogut is still productive at 31 and is probably an upgrade over Pachulia at the center position. The sleeper signing for the Mavs was Seth Curry, who made 50 threes in 692 minutes played last season and showed at times that he can be a spark off the bench.
Draft: A.J. Hammons was a solid second round pick for the Mavericks, as he runs the floor well, was a rebound machine in college and is comfortable around the rim offensively. Hammons should see some playing time this season and could eventually compete with Salah Mejri for a backup role at the five spot.
Outlook: The Mavericks have been able to make the playoffs with worse rosters than they have now. I see Barnes thriving in his new role and a healthy Wesley Matthews will go a long way. Dallas is still weak at point guard and the lack of depth behind Bogut and Dirk Nowitzki is concerning. However, Carlisle is one of the top coaches in the league and the Mavs will be in the playoff chase like they usually are.