The Dallas Mavericks, who did a complete overhaul during the 2013 offseason, showed signs of greatness during the 8-game preseason, finishing with a record of 4-4.
Dirk Nowitzki looked great and back to vintage Dirk, finishing with 107 points in seven games, an average of 15.2 points per game, with a high of 24 points in the Mavericks’ third game against the Orlando Magic. Nowitzki didn’t play the fourth quarter for the majority of the preseason.
Other totals include 26 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 blocks, six steals, and six 3-pointers.
The Mavericks finished the preseason with losses to the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers (their final game), and a win at home versus the Atlanta Hawks, who they face on Oct. 30 to open the 2013-14 season.
Jose Calderon, one of the newest members to the team, played just four games after returning from a hamstring injury and averaged 10.5 points, four assists, 50 percent from the field, and 50 percent from downtown.
Joining Calderon in the backcourt will be another new Maverick in Monta Ellis. Ellis played all eight games and averaged 11.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Ellis was given some control of point guard duties when Calderon missed the early parts of preseason, and when rookie point guard Gal Mekel struggled.
Nowitzki and Marion will join the two in the starting lineup, and the final new piece Mark Cuban acquired was big man Samuel Dalembert.
Dalembert also played in all eight games, finding himself in foul trouble in the first and final games, limiting him to 11 and 20 minutes of action, respectively.
The big man from Seton Hall, who’s in his 12th NBA season, averaged seven points, seven rebounds, and two blocks during the preseason.
Other newcomers this year are DeJuan Blair, Devin Harris, Wayne Ellington, and three rookies, Shane Larkin, Mekel, and Ricky Ledo. All saw action except for Larkin, who is recovering from an injury.
The Mavericks will play three games in the opening week, all teams they faced during the preseason. After their game with the Hawks, the Mavs will go to Houston to face the Rockets, who they lost to 100-95, on Nov. 1, then come back home to host the Memphis Grizzlies, who they defeated 95-90, on Nov. 2.
The NBA season will get underway on Oct. 29.