Is Dallas the next-best team after the Lakers in the Western Conference, or just one of a few in the mix?
Sure, several of the Mavericks’ key players are getting up there in age, like Dirk Nowitzki (32), Jason Kidd (37), Jason Terry (33) and Shawn Marion (32). But they also have three players acquired either late last season or in the offseason, plus an exciting youngster that make Dallas more dangerous.
Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood came over in a trade with the Washington Wizards, while Tyson Chandler became a Maverick this past summer, giving Dallas what it hopes is a better answer to L.A.’s length. Meanwhile, second year guard Rodrigue Beaubois could end up making a major impact in the backcourt … at least once he gets healthy.
For a closer look at the Mavs, we dialed up TV play-by-play voice Mark Followill. You can listen to our conversation by clicking below: