Posted by Neil Paine on October 25, 2010
Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!
Coach: Rick Carlisle
Record: 55-27, Finished 1st in NBA Southwest Division
Pythagorean W-L: 49-33 (12th of 30)
SRS: 2.67 (12th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 92.5 (17th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 109.2 (10th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 106.3 (12th of 30)
2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)
2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Rob Mahoney, thetwomangame.com
Few teams in the league better encapsulated pseudo-contender mediocrity than the '09-'10 Dallas Mavericks, who won 55 games while doing many things well, but few spectacularly. Dallas ranked 10th in the NBA in offensive efficiency and 12th in defensive efficiency last season, and a closer look into the team's performance in each of the Four Factors reveals few exemplary marks; the Mavs took care of the ball and fouled rarely. Both of those attributes are undoubtedly positive, but if Dallas wants to take a leap forward in the coming year, they'll have to improve in many other aspects of their overall performance.
Oddly enough, the Mavericks could very well do so, despite the fact that they made just one notable off-season move. Dallas acquired Tyson Chandler in exchange for Erick Dampier earlier this summer, but the move that would enable the Mavs to improve in the coming year was actually made months prior. The internal hope is that with time to appropriately adjust to Rick Carlisle's system, trade deadline acquisitions Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood will be more effective for Dallas than ever. That hope isn't entirely misguided, as their post-deadline experience and a full training camp will undoubtedly aid in Butler and Haywood's on-court chemistry with their teammates.
Dallas could find additional improvement in Rodrigue Beaubois' development, as the rookie dynamo has a chance to become a rotation regular for Rick Carlisle this season. Beaubois was very effective for the Mavs last year in limited minutes, and if his per-minute production of a year ago extrapolates over some proper burn, Dallas could be significantly improved without adding much via trade or free agency.