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November 5, 2013, 05:41 PM
As shocking as it seems, the NBA is powering up for another jam-packed season. One team looking to make a splash this season is the Dallas Mavericks. After missing out twice on D-12, and unable to sign Deron Williams (blah blah blah insert overused headline here), Dallas rushed to put together a capable roster that will look to bounce back from missing the playoffs for the first time in twelve years. We???ll take a look at not IF, but how much their work is cut out for them.

I was taking a look at the upcoming roster the Mavs had and kept thinking???this looks like 2010-11 pre-season all over again. Why, you ask? It???s actually very simple. In 2010, Maverick fans didn???t know what to expect. They had just came off a disappointing first round exit to San Antonio, adopted a few old farts, and the biggest acquisition was an injury riddled (so far) dud named Tyson Chandler. Sound somewhat familiar? So to make it easier, I???ll be comparing this season???s roster to the ???puzzle piece masterpiece??? roster in 2010-11 to instill a little wishful thinking in Maverick fans.

The X-Factor:

Jose Barea vs. Devin Harris

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Barea was a HUGE factor in the 2011 playoffs. He wasn???t the scorer, the assist leader, or the board man. He was just an all-around ???X-Factor?????? that Dallas needed so badly. Dallas made the mistake of shipping Devin Harris in the almighty trade that sent Jason Kidd back to Dallas in 2008. Granted, Barea had a few years to gel with the Dallas lineup, but that really shouldn???t stop Harris due to the fact that there are more new guys than Barea had a few years ago. Should Dallas come into a stride like they did at the end of 2011 season, Harris should prove to be a big ???X-factor??? type of guy for this new Dallas squad.


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