The Dallas Mavericks have a good chance to have one of the stronger starting lineups in the NBA. Especially considering Deron Williams is looking like the last man in the group.
The Dallas Mavericks first day of practice is in the books and Mavs fans are getting more and more excited for this new look Dallas team. Although only two of the starters are technically new this season, it still feels like just a completely different team for most people.
This completely different team does feature 2015-16 starters Wesley Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki, and Deron Williams, however. Of these three, last season was undoubtedly the worst for Matthews who posted numbers and averages well below his career statistics. Meanwhile, Dirk and D-Will both found new life working together.
This season looks to be a little different for the Mavericks though as Wes is a year healthier from his Achilles injury and we add a stout center in Andrew Bogut and a healthy wing in Harrison Barnes. Most fans are quick to give Matthews the benefit of the doubt from last year which is a good thing. His expectations should never be lowered.
Aside from them, Dirk will never be a weak part of the team as long as he is still standing on the court. With that being said, there is really only one player left who the fans may not be 100% sold on. That would be Deron Williams.
D-Will has had many great seasons in the league, including a strong few years in Utah where he was considered a top 3 point guard in the league. Now, several years later, his glory days are behind him but that doesn’t mean he is incapable. Will he still be the Mavs weak link this season?
I personally believe that the Mavericks are poised to have a super strong starting 5 this season, including Deron. No matter what happened while he was in Brooklyn, D-Will is still a very capable passer, ball-handler, and scorer. Those things are pretty important.
If he can figure out how to stay healthy and keep his production from last year, it will be very difficult to find a weak link in the Dallas starting 5. Dallas won’t be the best starting unit in the league most likely, but if all goes according to plan, the team should be vastly improved from last year.
So, in a roundabout way, the answer to the question is yes, Deron Williams probably will be the weak link for the team this season, but that does not mean that the team will be lacking a point guard. Each position will have their own roles and they will all be ready to do those roles when the season comes around. Besides, everyone loves D-Will.