Dallas Mavericks 2016-2017 NBA Season Preview: Dirk Nowitzki the aging superstar, suspect Harrison Barnes role & Andrew Bogut

Dallas Mavericks 2016-2017 NBA Season Preview: Dirk Nowitzki the aging superstar, suspect Harrison Barnes role & Andrew Bogut

The Dallas Mavericks are far less formidable in form from their championship days in 2011. In fact, one may say they’ve been generally counted out by most fans in recent seasons, and yet, somehow, this Dirk Nowitzki led team coupled with coach Rick Carlisle’s game plans have managed to exceed people’s expectations.

It’s safe to say that the Mavericks are a team that knows how to win. In spite of their lack of superstar talent, and athleticism, they still come up with impressive wins, surprising basketball analysts, albeit they haven’t passed the first round of the playoffs, losing to the OKC Thunder last season, and the Miami Heat prior.

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Dallas Mavericks Roster/Depth chart

Point Guards: José Juan Barea, Kyle Collinsworth, Seth Curry, Jonathan Gibson, Devin Harris, Deron Williams

Shooting Guards: Justin Anderson, Keith Hornsby, Wesley Matthews, C.J. Williams

Small Forwards: Harrison Barnes, Nicolás Brussino, Dorian Finney-Smith, Jameel Warney

Power Forwards: Quincy Acy, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Powell

Centers: Andrew Bogut, A. J. Hammons, Salah Mejri

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Key losses: Chandler Parsons (Memphis Grizzlies), Zaza Pachulia (Golden State Warriors)

The 2016-2017 NBA season will be a time for Harrison Barnes to shine. While some fans may feel that Chandler Parsons is a better player compared to him, he is certainly more consistent comparatively. And consistency is what the Mavericks need, especially with an aging Dirk Nowitzki. This is a period where the team could benefit greatly from young talents, and bench output.

Key addition/s: Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Seth Curry and Quincy Acy

Andrew Bogut is widely considered to be a major upgrade over Zaza Pachulia at the center. His addition will be felt defensively, and in the rebounding department. His presence along with Harrison Barnes and Deron Williams should provide stable veteran hands to the team.

The Andrew Bogut’s passing game will give coach Rick Carlisle more offensive options, especially with his screen setting on and off the ball. Seth Curry and Quincy Acy are also deemed upgrades, and they’re expected to bring on their shooting touches and spread the opposition’s defense.

Season Outlook

The Dallas Mavericks have a good, talented roster. The key additions of Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes will most likely push the team’s chances in the playoffs, and past the first round this time (hopefully), but they still aren’t a championship caliber team. In spite of Harrison Barnes’ expectations, he still isn’t considered a veritable superstar, unlike Dirk Nowitzki, who, unfortunately, is in the twilight of his career.

A lot of the team’s success will depend on their roster’s health. Barring chances of injuries, they are expected to do much better this season with more youthful talents, the continuity of their roster, and the capability of coach Rick Carlisle to get the most out of his players playing a major role.

Key stats in the league from last season: Finished 6th in NBA Western Conference even when most predicted the team to end up at the bottom of the list.

Thanks to coach Rick Carlisle who’s strategy has consistently promoted cohesion within the team, and Dirk Nowitzki who’s still a major offensive threat despite his age. When it comes to winning under pressure, this Mavericks team knows how to play patiently, and maximize its talents.

Key Weakness For Upcoming Season: No superstar material, aside for Dirk Nowitzki.

Will Harrison Barnes be able to step up and fill in a major role for the Mavs? Much needs to be seen in Barnes participation this upcoming season, but many still don’t see him as a transcendent star.

On Barnes, according to a report by Sports Day Dirk Nowitzki said, “He’s going to fit in perfectly. We think the sky’s the limit for him. We want him to do a lot on offense. We want him to get better at pick-and-rolls.”

“We want to post him some. Going to spot him some. I think it’s going to be fun to play with him, and he’s definitely putting in the work. I mean I’ve already seen that now.”

Prediction: Sixth seed in the Western Conference

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