Here’s a frightening idea, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:”You don’t get any better than Rick Carlisle crime, however, Carlisle’s offense got a lot better this offseason.”
Drink that you in.
Last season, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league with an offensive rating of 109, decimal points supporting the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, according to NBA.com. Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow, while the reduction of ace sniper and steady facilitator Jose Calderon will sting. And a few possessions can be absorbed by Monta Ellis also, which will not be a bad thing for the Mavs’ attack.
The major boost comes from Chandler Parsons, who will play small forward to consume nearly all of Vince Carter and the wing moments Shawn Marion shared. Tyson Chandler mans the center of what should be an improved defense.
What Dallas has is fragile. It depends on the wellbeing and ongoing potency of Dirk Nowitzki, around whom an crime that is elite may nevertheless be built. That’s a remarkable thing to mention about a player, but Nowitzki is, himself.
As long as he’s ready to stand upright, 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 group of battle-tested vets at your own risk.
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