The Dallas Mavericks finished with a record of 50-32 which is 7th best in the tough Western Conference (tied for 3rd if Mavs were in Eastern Conference). The Mavericks were the 3rd highest scoring team per game in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers. They drew the 2nd seeded Houston Rockets in the 1st round. Small forward Chandler Parsons got a chance to play his former team in the playoffs. Except, Chandler Parsons got injured in the 1st game and did not play for the rest of the series. They were eventually defeated in the 1st round, 4-1.
The Mavericks will look different next season. The only remaining starters are Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki. They replaced the horrid Rajon Rondo with Deron Williams. Both players are struggling quite badly recently. Rondo was so bad that the Mavericks completely benched him in the playoffs. Williams averaged 13.0ppg and 6.6apg while shooting .387% from the field which is one of his worst shooting percentages of his career. He continued his poor shooting in the playoffs by shooting .391% while averaging 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, and 5.5apg. I think it is safe to say that he’ll be an upgrade over Rajon Rondo. How much of an upgrade remains to be seen. Starting shooting guard from last season, Monta Ellis, is now playing for the Pacers. Mavericks replaced him with shooting guard Wesley Matthews, formerly with the Portland Trail Blazers. He is still recovering from a Achilles rupture suffered last season so we will see if he can return to pre-injury form. Deadspin’s Kyle Wagner reported that players that returned from that injury suffered a PER drop of 4.64 points. The Mavericks are also going to have to replace Tyson Chandler’s production, since he left for the Suns, with a trio of Zaza Pachulia, Samuel Dalembert, and Javale McGee, who were all added this offseason.
The Pelicans will probably have a close record or maybe better record than what the Mavericks will get next season and the Thunder are getting healthy and as long as they stay healthy, they will pass the Mavericks up. With the Portland Trail Blazers completely falling apart, they will most likely drop off next year’s playoffs and that will open a spot up that I believe the Suns and the Mavericks will battle for. It’ll most likely be an 8th seed for one of those two teams. Just for the beginning of the season, I have the Mavericks ranked #14. I have them trending downwards for the upcoming season.