Here’s a scary idea, through Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:”You don’t get any better than Rick Carlisle crime, but Carlisle’s offense got a lot better this offseason.”
Drink that you in.
Last year, Carlisle’s Mavs tied for second in the league having an offensive rating of 109, decimal points supporting the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, according to NBA.com. While the reduction of facilitator Jose Calderon and genius sniper will sting, Dallas brought in Jameer Nelson to soften the blow. And a few possessions can be absorbed by Monta Ellis also, which will not be a bad thing for the Mavs’ assault.
The major boost comes in Chandler Parsons, who’ll slot in at small forward to absorb almost all of Vince Carter and the wing moments Shawn Marion shared. Tyson Chandler mans the middle of what should be a better defense.
What Dallas has is fragile. It depends on the continuing and health potency of Dirk Nowitzki, around whom an offense that is elite can be built. Nowitzki is, himself impressive, although that is a remarkable thing to say about a 36-year-old player.
As long as he is ready to stand erect, he’ll be a defense-shredder in the high post. And the rest of the Mavs will play him off as the strings are pulled by Carlisle from the bench.
Doubt this group of vets.