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Oct 10, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward

Chandler Parsons

(25) drives to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder center

Steven Adams

(12) as center

Tyson Chandler

(6) looks on during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

By some accounts, the Mavericks had one of their best offseasons in recent memory, acquiring Chandler Parsons and bringing back Tyson Chandler, among other things. In all, the Mavericks have nine players who weren’t on the roster last year, and three new starters. With so many new faces, we asked some of our contributors about their initial impressions of some of the new players.

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Which new player has exceeded your expectations? 

Brian (@Gosset41): I wouldn’t say “exceeding expectations” because the Mavs expected this, but I would go with Tyson Chandler. The Mavs knew what he’s capable of and he’s been that and more, averaging nine points and eight boards with two blocks per game. Hard to define since it’s only been five games, but I would go with the man in the middle as of now.

Sameer Moosa (@smoosa786): Al-Farouq Aminu. I always thought that he would end up getting a good amount of PT.

Winston (@The_Stepback): I’ll go with AFA too. I’d thought he might take a little longer to ‘get’ his role on the team and cede minutes to Crowder (who’s more familiar with the system), but he’s come in straight away and grabbing boards like he always has.

Aaron (@aaronclmnts): Tyson Chandler has lived up to the high expectations of Mavs fans and critics in his return to Dallas. Although Chandler is merely meeting these lofty expectations, I honestly didn’t expect him to be as dominant now as he was in 2011. Thankfully, I was proven wrong.

Ace Feltman (@MFFeLtman):  I would have said AFA but he hasn’t been attacking the basket or being that inside presence that I liked in preseason so much from him. Despite relatively underwhelming points-assists numbers from a starting point guard (7.3 & 3.0) I vote Jameer Nelson. After a couple seasons of erratic (Collison) or one sided (Calderon) point guard play, Nelson has contributed all across the board but most importantly given the Mavericks stability at the head of a three point guard rotation that also features Harris, Barea sometimes Ellis and in the future maybe Ray Felton. 2.3 steals, 2 three pointers and just under a steal per game is really valuable stuff from our new starting point guard.

Charlie Hughes (@charleshhughes): Tyson Chandler. I expected him to be pretty good, but he has fit back into this team seamlessly. The lack of depth behind him makes his contributions even more important.