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Dallas Mavericks: State of the Team Midseason

 

As The Dallas Mavericks enter the all star break many lingering questions will be answered in the second half of the season. The good news is that, they are currently fourth in the west with a record of 21-13. Not too shabby knowing all the nagging injuries this team had to fight off in the first half of the season. Dallas is only six games away from the first place Oklahoma City Thunder in the Wild Wild West. Dallas has managed to pick up the slack and are right in the mix of things. With that being said the defending world champions have certain issues that need to be addressed in order for the Mavs to be considered true champion contenders. Lamar Odom is one of those issues. The acquisition of Lamar Odom without question has been the most disappointing player in the first half of the season. Odom has been so irrelevant and unproductive it makes you question, is his heart here in Dallas? It has been day and night with Lamar if you compare his productivity with the Lakers and the Mavs. Not only is he averaging just 7 points a game but physically he is not the same player from last year. If Dallas hopes to be a contender they will need a lot more from the reigning sixth man of the year.

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The toughest issue Dallas faces in the second half of the season, the brutal schedule. Dallas will play nine games in twelve days after the all star break but the true test will come after March 17 as they face 12 consecutive teams with a record of .500 or better that will likely be fighting for a playoff spot. Coach Carlisle will have to manage his team with great care as aging players like Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki will be needed for a playoff run.

 

 

As the trade deadline approaches in the second half of the season Mark Cuban has declared he will not be a major player but will listen to offers. But as Hall of Famer Jason Kidd’s career starts winding down, I’m sure Mark Cuban has to be crossing his fingers that the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets don’t make a trade that would affect Cuban’s vision of a dream trio that would include Dirk, Dwight Howard, and Dallas native Deron Williams. Rumors are speculating here in Dallas that Deron has already made a decision to sign with Dallas this summer. D-Will was quoted saying “I’ve always liked playing here [Dallas], this is one of my favorite arenas to play in, probably my favorite arena to play in [American Airlines Center]. I just enjoy playing in it. I enjoy playing in front of my friends and family. It’s always good for them to get the chance to see me play.” “It’s always good when an arena has a lot of energy,” “Ours doesn’t have too much energy.”  Deron seems to love Dallas over New Jersey, so you know he is on Mark Cuban’s radar. Dont be surprised if Cuban decides to pull the trigger on a trade that involves Shawn Marion or Roddy Beabouis that strategically will make it possible to sign valuable free agents this summer that might include Dwight Howard and Deron Williams.

 

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By: Alonzo Olmedo
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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