As we continue our Over/Under series leading up until the season, we turn our attention now to debate if the Dallas Mavericks will have a representative in the All-Star Game this coming February.
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Will Parsons make the inevitable jump this year like we all think he will? Will Dirk continue his dominance and sneak in like last year? Will Wes come back healthier than we think and be the best he’s been? Will Deron come back to the old Deron?
Maybe more importantly, where will the Mavericks sit in the standings come February?
I take on the debate with our Editor, Jay Knodell.
Mavericks Over/Under: Will the Mavericks Have an All-Star?
CASE FOR OVER
I’ve been on the Chandler Parsons train with these all offseason so why stop now?
A lot of it will depend on where the Mavericks sit in the standings around the All-Star break, but I think they’ll be in the thick of the chase for one of the last few playoff spots and that Parsons will have had a lot to do with it.
“I expect a substantial jump in his [Parsons] numbers across the board”
I’m less concerned about his health with each tidbit of information or video evidence that comes out, and with a much larger role on offense I expect a substantial jump in his numbers across the board.
That uptick in production, combined with the Mavericks’ stubborn refusal to fade into the background after having their offseason hijacked by DeAndre Jordan, earns Parsons a spot.
CASE FOR UNDER
Ok, I know I am being the Negative Nancy now, but I simply don’t see a member of this team being an all-star this year for a couple of reasons.
First, I really think this Mavericks team will be one of the most balanced scoring teams in the league. As I have previously talked about in regards to the teams scoring this year, I think we will see the scoring be spread out between Parsons, Dirk, Matthews, and Deron.
“We don’t have the Lebron luxury of living in the Eastern Conference every year”
Second, is simply because we are in the West. We don’t have the Lebron luxury of living in the Eastern Conference every year. All of the top 6 projected teams in the West could very well make the case of 2+ all-stars next year.
The only way I think it could happen would be with Dirk, not Chandler Parsons. We would also have to see the Mavericks in the top 7 at least in the West and Dirk having an average of 20+ (which I think is possible with the injury recoveries).
I think Parsons will take a jump this year, but I really can’t see him replacing a forward on the roster such as a LaMarcus Aldridge or Blake Griffin. A player who could replace them that sits better with the fans…Dirk Nowitzki.
I hope I am wrong. Can we at least get Wes in the 3-point contest?
Enough of our debate, what do you think?
Sir Charles In Charge