DALLAS CAN CHALLENGE THE WEST

Dallas. A city of roughly 6.8 million citizens, all banking on the Mavericks to once again become a force in the Western Conference. In a Conference that is littered with young (Phoenix, OKC) and old (SAS, MEM) talent, the Mavs under the guidance of one of the best front offices in the NBA have once again produced the goods in the 2014 offseason. Whilst there was no signing of the big fish, ie Lebron James or Carmelo Anthony, they managed to attain one of the steals of free agency, by gaining ex-Florida and now Houston Rocket, Chandler Parsons. Parsons can easily develop into one of the premier forwards in the league, with the athleticism to defend almost any forward, and the ability to either take it to take cup, or step back and that three pointer. Not only is he versatile within his position usually the SF (3), he is equally adept at playing at the PF (4) given his height at 6’10’. Although Parsons deal was listed at three years and 46 mil, which is arguably slightly inflated, it worked, as the Rockets were unwilling to fork out that kind of cash on the young talent.

Although Parsons was one of the first free agency signings by the Mavs. They had acquired two other veterans of the league in a trade just before draft day. The Mavs attained Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, in a deal with New York that sent the trio of Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon and a draft pick to the Knicks in exchange for the two seasoned veterans. Chandler will be welcomed back with open arms to the franchise that he won his one and only title in 2010/11, in the season where he also won the defensive player of the year. Chandler will give some stability and a bit of strength to defensively weak front court of the Mavs. Although a few years older, and coming off a rather unsuccessful season with the Knicks Chandler will hopefully bounce back and reach the form that had him as the defensive player of the year. Now, Felton moving to Mavs may end up being a God send. Given his rather dubious past few seasons, moving to a new city, on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to bright lights of New York may be a great move for him. Felton has a decent outside shot, and can pass. Given the offensive capabilities of Dirk, Monta and now Parsons, he will be able to find a role that suits his game. Given the loss of Calderon, Felton has big shoes to fill, but the addition of Chandler is a better result, despite the gain of an overweight Felton, who needs to lose 15-20 pounds.

The Mavericks have also resigned back up point guard Devon Harris who will prove to have a bigger role to play, given Felton is unproven within a roster like Dallas.

The Mavs have also signed a pair of sharpshooters in Richard Jefferson, and Rashard Lewis. Lewis is coming off a NBA Finals loss with the Miami Heat, where he played an integral role in coming off the bench and hitting a number of important clutch three point buckets. Lewis is a versatile player. As he has the strength to overpower the smaller player, and the speed and athleticism to beat the bigger opponents. This is the benefit of having a stretch four of the standard of Lewis. Although he may have lost some of that speed he had in his Supersonic days where he was an Allstar in 2005 alongside Ray Allen. (LEWIS HAS BEEN WAIVED BY THE MAVS FOLLOWING A FAILED MEDICAL EXAM)

Richard Jefferson has played for the Spurs, the Warriors, and the Jazz in the previous three seasons. He has had limited minutes, but when he is put into the game, he has a knack of scoring threes. There are never too many three point shooters within a team. Jefferson will be a good addition to the roster that is starting to shape into one of the best rosters in the West. Dallas has the ability to challenge the West, within a conference that is incredibly strong that is oozing talent, from the current champions spurs, to the young and upcoming stars of the Utah Jazz. Dallas will challenge the Spurs, Clippers, OKC and other threats in the West, lead by Coach Rick Carslie.

 

– Z

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