Trick or Treat: Which Will the Mavs Season Be?

By Kohl Rast
Apr 21, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle rubs his eye during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle rubs his eye during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Dallas Mavericks offseason was full of highs and lows that brought the team to where it is today. So the question is, will all those moves before this season be a treat for MFFLs? Or will it be a trick?

The holiday of Halloween is full of traditions that have been around as long as most of us can remember. From ghosts and goblins, to candy and sweets, even to carving pumpkins into wild jack-o-lanterns, Halloween provides fun and fear all at the same time.

Sadly, Halloween may be the best holiday to represent the Mavericks upcoming season. The horrors and surprises associated with the treats and parties could not be more representative of the Mavs organization right now.

Oct 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) and center Andrew Bogut (6) fight for the loose ball with Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Rockets defeat the Mavericks 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) and center Andrew Bogut (6) fight for the loose ball with Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Rockets defeat the Mavericks 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Picture this: you are walking through a haunted house, knowing that at any minute something could come out and surprise you. It will scare you like crazy and possibly make you wish you weren’t there, but at the end, you know it is all over and you are glad you stuck through it. Or at least hopefully there is candy along the way.

The Dallas Mavericks have put together a very different team than the fans are used to. With youth playing heavily in the rotation and defense being more of a focal point, the Mavs are going to have some growing pains.

Dirk Nowitzki is now 38 and struggling with some of the pains and ailments associated with old age in the NBA. This is something that the Mavs are going to need to get used to soon but is going to cause some tough times. We won’t have the option of just throwing it to Dirk and him creating his own shot much longer.

We also have treats to be excited about coming along as well, though. Harrison Barnes is already showing flashes of brilliance with Dallas and Justin Anderson continues to grow into the role that the Mavs are hoping for him. Other young guys like Seth Curry and Dwight Powell still need some time, but they will have opportunities to figure it out.

This is why the Mavericks season is looking like it will be filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, tricks and treats. There is just no telling which Mavs team you will get on any given night.

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