The Dallas Mavericks have been a competetive team since they were acquired by Mark Cuban. They have been home to some All-Star caliber talent in recent years such as Antawn Jamison, Jerry Stackhouse, Antoine Walker, Steve Nash and Michael Finley. The Mavericks came extremely close to winning their first title during the 2006 NBA Finals when they faced the Miami Heat. They were up two games to none and were leading in the third quarter. A determined Dwyane Wade foiled those plans. They have since been trounced in the first round a couple of times despite having superior regular season win percentages. This year's edition of the Mavericks are different however. Here are the advantages of the current team.
-This current roster is extremely tall. It boasts of four seven footers - Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood and Alexis Ajinca.
-The team has improved a lot on the defensive end. The length of Nowitzki, Chandler and Marion upfront is hard to match. This combined with the defensive prowess of Marion and Chandler is makes the Mavs a tough team to match up against.
-The deep bench - Having starter quality players such as Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Brendan Haywood coming off the bench is a luxury any team would want to have.
-Treasure trove of All-Stars - The Mavericks have five All-Star players in Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Caron Butler and Shawn Marion.
With these advantages, the Mavericks are sure to make noise in the regular season and the playoffs. Barring any significant injury or suspension, the Mavericks have the tools it takes to win the West and dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers. They have the talent, the scoring punch and the length to go toe to toe with the defending champs. They might even capture their first championship in June.