The Dallas Mavericks were second in the NBA in offensive rating in 2007. Dirk averaged 24.6 points per game on fantastic efficiency in one of the best statistical seasons of his career. The Mavs were so much more than just Nowitzki, though.
Josh Howard was averaging 18.9 points per game while playing outstanding defense. He made his lone All-Star appearance that season. Jason Terry was starting at the point and shooting the lights out. Jerry Stackhouse came off the bench and dropped 12.0 a night for Dallas.
There is no question Paul Pierce would have made them better, though. From 2001 to 2007, he averaged 24.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. Pierce was one of the league’s best scorers with an excellent jumper. He excelled in the mid-range. Pierce shot 43.5 percent from 10 feet to the 3-point line from 2006 to 2009.
The Mavericks would have been a nightmare matchup. Pierce gives them floor spacing up and down the lineup. They also have the option to go small with Nowitzki playing the five surrounded by three wings and a point guard. The Mavs could have stuck with a more traditional lineup with Erick Dampier at center too.
The addition of Paul Pierce would have made the Mavericks elite offense even better.