Here's a frightening thought, through Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:"You do not get any better than Rick Carlisle crime, however, Carlisle's offense got better this offseason."
Drink this you in.
Last year, Carlisle's Mavs tied for second in the league with an offensive rating of 109, decimal points behind the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers, according to NBA.com. While the reduction of continuous facilitator Jose Calderon and ace sniper will sting, Dallas brought to soften the blow. And Monta Ellis can absorb a few possessions also, which won't be a terrible thing for the Mavs' assault.
The boost comes in Chandler Parsons, who will slot in at small forward to consume nearly all Vince Carter and the wing moments Shawn Marion shared. Tyson Chandler mans the center of what should be an improved defense.
What Dallas has is fragile. It's dependent on the health and continuing potency of Dirk Nowitzki, around whom an offense that is elite can nevertheless be built. Nowitzki is, himself impressive, although that is a remarkable thing to say about a player.
As long as he's able to stand erect, he'll be a defense-shredder in the high place. And the remainder of the Mavs will play him off as Carlisle pulls on the strings from the seat.
Doubt this set of vets at your own risk.
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