The Dallas Mavericks have once again been surrounded by serious doubt for this upcoming season. To answer why there are so many doubters, I truly do not know.
It seems as if every single year the doubt for the Mavs is at a new all-time high. This season, with arguably their best roster since their championship team, experts still seem to think this team has little to no chance at the playoffs.
It’s understandable to hear the doubt from casual sports fans, considering the dominance in the West and the upcoming young teams. But, Dallas is still right in the thick of things and will continue to be.
The Mavericks have made the playoffs 15 out of the last 16 years. Reading that, you would think experts would start to give them some credit. Sure enough, doubt is about all you’ll get from anyone when it comes the Dallas.
The starting 5 for the 2016 campaign is Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrew Bogut. There is not another starting 5 in recent Mavericks history that seems any stronger than this one can be if healthy. Also, the Mavs made it a crucial need to get bench players this year.
Rick Carslisle is also one of the greatest coaches this league has seen for a long time. He goes so under the radar that people almost don’t even notice how brilliant he is. I mean, he coached a team that consisted of a starting 5 featuring J.J. Barea, Wesley Matthews, Justin Anderson, Dirk Nowitzki, and Zaza Pachulia into the 6th seed last season.
This was the starting lineup because of injuries, and this lineup came towards the end of the season when the Mavericks were sitting in the 9th spot in the Western standings. Carlisle may just be the best coach in the NBA.
Honestly, the only group of fans who don’t have doubt in this team seems to be Mavericks fans. It’s sort of mind-boggling considering the recent playoff run and the make up of this season’s roster. People still seem to think the Mavericks have no shot.
It remains to be seen if this team can put the doubters to rest, but just about all of Mavs fanatics know how Rick Carlisle and his squads go to work every year. This could be one of those under the radar seasons where Dallas ends up with the 4th or 5th seed. It really is time to get excited Dallas fans.