Basketball Hall Of Fame player and former NBA head coach Don Nelson, had a knack for making squads that lacked a lot of size competitive in the their conference and in the Association. However, even in his prime he would have been hard-pressed to make the roster that his son has assembled for the Dallas Mavericks, into a club that wins more games than they lose in the upcoming campaign. Although “Dirk Nowitzki And The Nine Dwarves,” most likely will not be the theme of the franchise’s marketing plan, it is an apt description of the way the Mavericks roster is currently composed.
The “Dallas News” reported on Friday, that the 2011 NBA Champions had reached a deal with Free Agent veteran guard Monta Ellis, for a reported three-year package thought to be worth $30 million. The move would give the Mavericks perhaps the deepest back-court depth in the Association, however would leave the roster with just three players who stand 6’10” or taller. Dallas has just two “true-centers” on the team and neither Brandan Wright or Bernard James will strike fear in opposing centers. Although forward Dirk Nowitzki is seven-feet tall, he is aging and his talents are starting that downhill slide that occur in all the greats.
Dallas had already signed veteran Free Agent Jose Calderon this month, joining among others O.J. Mayo and veteran Vince Carter. This would seem that Dallas general manager Donnie Nelson is stocking up on back-court talent, to precipitate a trade, however there have not been any indications on whom they maybe targeting.
Nelson and majority owner Mark Cuban, decided to roll the dice after winning the 2011 NBA Title and allowed three of the squad’s core players to walk away via Free Agency that summer. The pair had focused on signing point guard Deron Williams and center Dwight Howard as the players they wanted to build a new Championship team around. That would not be the case as Deron Williams chose to stay with the Brooklyn Nets, while Howard just signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.
The 2011 squad that defeated the Miami Heat in the Finals, deserved the right to defend their crown in the minds of many Mavericks fans. They did not like the move, when Caron Butler, J.J Barea and Tyson Chandler went elsewhere, and seeing the club’s brain-trust pull up short again this summer, will just increase the lack of goodwill the duo now have in the Lone Star State.