It’s awards time! Sadly, not a single Dallas Mavericks’ player earned any of the end of season honors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hand out our very own.
This will be a little different than our other posts. Instead of naming a specific placer, we’ll be mentioning our biggest surprise of the 2013-2014 season.
Ace Feltman (@MFFeLtman): Although it was a bittersweet minus the sweet ending in Game 7 vs. the Spurs, I didn’t think the Mavericks could push that series past 5 games. If the Mavericks avoided the Spurs in round one, I have no doubt they would have beaten Oklahoma City and given the Clippers a great series…but we squandered countless opportunities to move as high as #5 and ended up barely outlasting Phoenix for the 8th and final seed in the treacherous Western Conference. That we took the top seeded and league-best 62 win rival Spurs to a Game 7 was my biggest surprise in the end. And I’ll never, ever, ever, ever, ever forget attending Game 3.
Brian Gosset (@Gosset41): Biggest surprise for me is the fact that Dirk just COULD NOT find a groove against the Spurs in the playoffs. If he was himself, we could be talking about the Mavs right now against OKC in the West Finals.
Jose De Leon (@JoseOfLion06): I was surprised Jose Calderon’s assist numbers weren’t higher. I understand having someone with Monta Ellis’ ball-handling ability prevented that but Calderon is too good a playmaker to have averaged just 4.7 dimes per game, his second fewest in a season. If Calderon passes it to you, you’re likely in a position to score. The Mavericks need to take advantage of that.
Rami Michail (@RamiMichail): My biggest surprise isn’t exactly about the Mavs. It’s the fact that so many people were surprised this team won 49 games. The team upgraded from Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman, and Elton Brand to Ellis, Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and DeJuan Blair. Oh, and they had a healthy and pretty darn good Nowitzki leading the way.
What was your biggest surprise this season?