Dallas Mavericks: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Dallas Mavericks 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 21, 2016
NBA Championship: 400/1 Over/under win total: 39.5 See the Latest Odds
The 2016-17 Dallas Mavericks have undergone arguably the biggest turnover of any team in the NBA this offseason in the hopes of improving on a 42-40 record that was good for 6th in an unusually mediocre Western conference last season.
Here is your 2016 Dallas Mavericks preview.
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Key Additions: The Dallas Mavericks ensured they would have the face of the franchise for another 2 years, re-signing Dirk Nowitzki for $50 million. However, Father Time waits for no one so the Mavs made a couple moves to start planning for the future, signing small forward Harrison Barnes from the Golden State Warriors, signing him to a 4-year, $94 million deal. Following Barnes from Oakland is oft-injured center, former 1st overall pick Andrew Bogut, who was acquired from Golden State in exchange for a future 2nd-round pick.
Key Losses: The biggest loss from last year’s team has to be small forward Chandler Parsons, who signed a 4-year, $94 million deal of his own to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies. Parsons appeared in 61 games for Dallas last year, averaging his lowest point total since his rookie season with 13.7 points per game and tied for his lowest rebound average since the same rookie campaign with 4.7 rebounds per game, while ironically setting a career-high, shooting 49.2% from the field. Dallas also said goodbye to familiar faces such as Raymond Felton, David Lee and Zaza Pachulia who went to Los Angeles, San Antonio and Golden State respectively.
Breaking Down the Draft: The Mavs used their lone pick at number 46 overall to select big man A.J. Hammons out of Purdue. While Hammons is still young, the pick allows Dallas to groom Hammons into the rim protector and rebound vacuum they desperately need going forward with the always-present possibility that projected starter Andrew Bogut will go down due to injury.
Outlook: It doesn’t matter who is on the team, this Dallas squad somehow always finds a way to sneak into the playoffs, whether seeded high or low. This looks like it will be another year where that is the case, especially if the West turns out to be as weak as it was last year.
Projected Record: 48-34