WESTERN CONFERENCE – SOUTHWEST
Last Season: 57-25, Division Champions, 3rd Overall in West, NBA Champions
Key Losses: J.J. Barea, Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler, Corey Brewer, Rudy Fernandez, DeShawn Stevenson, Peja Stojakovic (retired)
Key Additions: Lamar Odom, Vince Carter, Delonte West, Andy Rautins, Brandon Wright, Brian Cardinal (resigned)
Main Rotation: Starters – Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Brendan Haywood; Key Reserves – Jason Terry, Lamar Odom, Delonte West, Rodrigue Beaubois, Brandon Wright, Brian Cardinal, Ian Mahinmi
The defending NBA Champions felt a huge blow this offseason as they’re defensive presence, Tyson Chandler, decided to sign with the New York Knicks. Dallas would not have won the championship without Chandler. He was the one that put this team over the top. In addition, the Mavs also lost fan favorite J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson, and Peja Stojakovic. Barea was Dallas’ best player at breaking down the defenses. The Mavs lost a lot in terms of defense but in regards to offense they are much improved with additions of Lamar Odom, Vince Carter, and Delonte West. Odom will not be that enforcer that Chandler was though but if he can bring the sixth man attitude he played with in L.A., then Dallas should be just fine. He’s still a near 7 footer, who overall, is more skilled than Chandler. Vince Carter and Delonte West are solid replacements as well, especially West who is a bigger, stronger back up point than Barea was.