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Team Concept Taking Hold


Dirk does not want to be a ball hog. It’s great that he can take over a game single handily, but he’s a smart player (not a selfish one). Dirk knows that is takes a total team effort to win and to continue winning like the Mavericks have.

Looking at the last two games, Dirk must be really happy. In the last two contests not only have their been 7 or 8 guys scoring in double figures, but the bench has really been kicking some serious #ss lately. Against the Grizzlies and Nuggets the Maverick bench outscored them easily, 91-35. That’s over 40% of the overall scoring for the team in both games!

The total team effort is starting to really show up in the stat line as well. Center Eric Dampier has seen his numbers rise to the highest they have been since he joined the Mavericks for the 2004-05 season (9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds a game). So far this season he is averaging close to a double-double with 8.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. rebounds end up being more important for a center since they tend to translate into second chance points for the offense or keep the opposition from getting second chance points.

Dampier,like the rest of the Maverick offense could not do much without the pin point passing of their all-star guard, Jason Kidd. After a slow start to the season, Kidd has come alive of late raising his assist average to just over 9 a game. Like Dampier, he too is close to averaging a double-double as well with just over 8 points a game coming from Kidd.

With Josh Howard, Shawn Marion, and Dirk Nowitzki all averaging in double figures in scoring for the season it is a good thing that they have guys like Kidd distributig the ball and Dampier making sure they get the ball back. Oh, the team’s second leading scorer does not even start- Jason Terry turns in his 16 plus a game coming off the bench.

With a team like this Mark Cuban can rest assured that his team is in good hands and spend his time going after the WWE title belt (okay, so he isn’t actually doing that, but can’t you see the giuy wanting too?)