A Glimpse Into the Dallas Mavericks Future

By Sam Casey
Jan 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) watches his team take on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Timberwolves 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) watches his team take on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Timberwolves 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 13, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates making a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates making a three point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

There Will Be a Learning Curve Finding Success Without Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki is the best Maverick to ever step on the court, one of the top 10 scorers ever, and he has been a steady rock in the unforgiving seas of the NBA. He has carried Dallas for nearly two decades; whether it was game-winning buckets, post season miracles, or locker room leadership, Dirk has been ‘The Man’ in the Big D.

The Mavs played relatively well without Nowitzki, but they simply weren’t the same team. It was apparent that the offense lacked a playmaker, and late in games needed one of Dirk’s many clutch miracles to save them.

Filling the void his departure will leave will be nearly impossible, as a player of Dirk’s caliber has an impact that can’t simply be replaced or simulated. The Mavs will struggle to find a rhythm and identity without the Dunking Deutschman. Dallas will have to go through a period of, not rebuilding per say, but the Mavs will need to retool and create a new team that doesn’t depend on the greatness of one of the game of basketball’s best to ever play.

It will be a time of adjustment not only for the Mavs themselves, but the fans as well, as we likely won’t get the consistent post season visits and overall success that Dirk has led us through.

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For now, all we can do it enjoy the time we have left with the beloved Dirk Nowitzki, and hope he can stay healthy and productive for as long as possible.

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