Cuban: Mavs can be “better than last year” if healthy
The offseason didn’t go the way the Mavericks wanted it to. They famously lost out on DeAndre Jordan after thinking they had him in the bag, and their biggest free-agent signing, Wesley Matthews, is coming off a torn Achilles and won’t be ready for opening night. But owner Mark Cuban is still optimistic about the team’s chances to be competitive, regardless of their question marks.
Via ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon:
Mark Cuban on Mavs: "I never make predictions, but I think we can be better than we were last year of we're healthy."— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 16, 2015
It’s good that Cuban used the “if we’re healthy” qualifier, because that’s a gigantic question mark. In addition to Matthews, Chandler Parsons is coming off microfracture surgery and Deron Williams has been banged up in preseason. That’s three giant questions in the starting lineup, and Dirk Nowitzki isn’t getting younger and they downgraded at starting center from Tyson Chandler to Zaza Pachulia. Rookie Justin Anderson showed some promise at Summer League, but the bench has a lot of John Jenkins types who haven’t proven to be productive NBA players. If Dallas is somehow fully healthy, their ceiling is probably somewhere around the eighth seed. But that’s unlikely.