Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 5:16 pm  |  32 responses

Dallas Mavericks Believe They Can Repeat

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks were almost universally projected to be knocked out of this year’s Playoffs in the first round. Few believed that their aged roster could survive against the influx of youth and athleticism found in their opponents. For the loyal fans that saw them moving past the opening round, no one predicted that they would eventually reach the Finals.  Eight weeks later, the Dallas Mavericks are the World Champions. And according to them, this is only the beginning:

“The Mavericks strongly believe they have what it takes to repeat as NBA champions.

That’s the job that will be asked of the Mavericks as they enter next season as the defending NBA champions. And it’s a job they’re more than willing to accept, although they know they will have a big-time target on their backs next season.

‘Our plan is to get the same crew back and let’s take another run at it,’ Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson said. ‘In an ideal world this team would come back and we’d make another run.’

The Mavericks have six unrestricted free agents – center Tyson Chandler, forwards Caron Butler, Peja Stojakovic and Brian Cardinal, and guards J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson – who they have to address.


‘A dangerous team, and I feel like we can,’ Chandler said. ‘I know we can.

‘Earlier in the year I felt like there wasn’t a team close to us when we had Caron on the floor. If we all can come back and we’re all together and we’re all healthy, the sky’s the limit.’”

Provided there is an NBA season next year, the Mavericks will face an even stronger wave of adversity. Their roster, already archaic by League standards, will be one year older and one year slower. Their competition meanwhile, will have become more cohesive and more experienced. And as we learned in this year’s Playoffs, despite how gifted individual athletes may be, it takes more than disjointed talent to win it all.

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  • http://Nba.com GP23

    Sorry, don’t see it happening. Heat v Lakers 2012 Finals. You heard it here first ….

  • MLK4Life

    They can with Tyson Chandler if he returns and Caron Butler. They could easily get back.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    they better figure out their roster for next season first. Tyson Chandler and JJ Barea (if Barea even matters with Beaubois coming back) are free agents. And the Salary Cap is going to SHRINK. <—-Irony

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Sincerely doubt it.

  • mjl2306

    I don’t see why not, if they resign key guys! But I think the HEAT go all the way next year, their bound to add key additions I.e athletic center, Pat Riley is a genius, wouldn’t be surprised if he somehow got Tyson Chandler to sign with the HEAT

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    If they’re healthy they have as good of a shot as anyone else.

  • Why Not?

    Sure, why not? Hope they can get everybody back to attempt a repeat! It’s a great, cohesive team as it is right now…

  • flipnoyce

    I don’t see why not! They are the only team to have a swept on the SO CALLED Lakers(former back back champ) and in the entire post season. As long as the team stay TOGETHER, HEALTHY or have no major changes in their roster, they should have another shot at it. Everyone has hated on this team including myself and they just VALIDATED themselves by being the NBA CHAMP. They ARE the CHAMP until someone dethrone them. Anyone who disagree just can’t accept the fact that THIS TEAM is the CHAMPION. LAKERS are done, specially KOBE. If they were supposed to do something it would have been done this year while they still had PHIL. As for Miami, they need to mature up a bit and take things seriously, I mean SERIOUSLY! As we have witnessed with these finals, TALENT alone is not good enough to get through. Everything must be put on the line to be a CHAMPION!

  • hiphopcop

    Uh,um Good luck with that Chandler, you got a motivated Laker team and OKC team ready to take you down. Let’s see how you do as the HUNTED, it’s totally different than being the HUNTER.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Dallas will not repeat as NBA Champions, because teams will take them seriously now. Dallas will go back to its old ways. I picked Dallas in 6 vs. Hate, but I truly believe Dirk will go back to his old self and play like he used to be SOFT. Lakers and a rested Kobe will be ready, Kobe played in Olympics and three straight Finals and won 2. Kobe being rested and hearing crap about Dirk being top 20 ALL TIME IS a JOKE and that Dirk is best player in NBA now–JOKE. CAN’T WAIT for next NBA SEASON!!!

  • Karley

    Mavs vs. Thunder conference finals next year.. I don’t know who can win it but that’s what I’m thinking.. Are you kidding me? Of course they can repeat. Lakers did it and I think these Mavs are better than the Lakers 2 years ago. Mavs are such a tight team and so much experience they know how to play when it comes to playoffs. JKidd and Jet still have a few years and Dirk is one in his prime. Nothing is stopping this team from another ring. Make it happen Dirk..
    If the Lakers win it next year then something is wrong with the NBA.. Lakers are nothing compared to heat Mavs bulls and Blazers! :)

  • hiphopcop

    Of course there is something wrong with the NBA if the Lakers win again, because the Lakers ALWAYS WIN or ALWAYS IN THE FINALS, it’s not gonna stop now, and haters can’t stand it, lol

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  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    GRIZZLIES ALL THE WAY!!!!!….my bad

  • David Moore

    It’s gonna be a long time before Dallas wins another title. No repeat next year.

  • robb

    anything’s possible.

  • Bimmer

    Next 4 years: OKC vs CHI

  • Blasphemy

    Gee, look at all the palm readers on this thread. You guys close your eyes and are able to see through time and space? I mean, how many people picked them to make the finals this year? The didn’t even have their second offensive weapon in Caron Butler and the plague Rodrigue Beaubois. If anything they have a better chance. But thats in the future, right now they should relish in victory. Because before you know it the season starts up again and the past quickly becomes irrelevant.

  • http://www.arbys.com LilKDub503

    Nah, too many good teams in the West next year that have that year of losing still having a bitter taste. Thunder, Grizzlies, Bulls will all think they have a legit shot. Derrick Rose will be back, Kevin Durant will be even better, Russell Westbrook will sit the f*** down in the playoffs (figuratively), and the Mavs will be a year older. Honestly, I can really only see maybe six teams legitimately competing for a championship next year: Bulls, Thunder, Grizz, Heat, whatever team Dwight Howard is on if he switches teams, Portland if they get their stuff together i.e. form an identity. LA, Boston, Dallas, and San Antonio are all much too old by now.

  • MikeC.

    The West is on its way to becoming what the East was a couple years and a decade ago. Not particularly good from 1-15 but very good from 1-3. From the West, which teams are actual legit title contenders and not just rose-colored glasses contenders? My list of legit contenders from the West (in no particular order because I don’t read palms, tea leaves, tarot cards or goat guts): Dallas(respect due to the champs), OKC(got their reps in the last two years, ready to make the leap), Blazers(health permitting and LA taking the next step to being THE MAN instead of The Man holding down the fort until Roy comes back, and because I don’t see them as being legit, but I didn’t see Dallas as legit a few weeks ago either). That’s it as far as I can see. The Grizz are going to be solid, and a tough out, but they need at least one or two more years of seasoning. For the Laker fans that say Dallas can’t repeat because they’re too old, check out the geriatric ward on your favourite team’s roster. The Lakers need an infusion of youth to help Kobe through the slog of the regular season and they can get back on the serious contenders list, but right now, they’re on the same shelf as the Celtics and Spurs. Good, tough out, but not going to win it all. That’s written in goat guts.

  • barnabusb

    A lot of teams are one injury away from a championship. If the right guy goes down on a contender, anyone could win.

  • r2j

    Why not? LA is beatable (Thanks Jason Terry and Dirk.) Spurs are near empty, OKC must figure out the Westbrook-Durant issue (Thanks Dirk for killing OKC.),Memphis has big expectations and Portland has GM issues so as long they resign Barea, Chandler and Butler then they’re the team to beat in the West.

  • Liam (in Australia)

    I don’t see why not. It is important to note that the Mavs played through the playoffs without Caron Butler…

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    If they wouldn’t believe in that, they shouldn’t even start next season.
    @ THE SEED
    athletic = tough in your opinion
    clutch = tough in my opinion

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @GP23 — you said the same thing last October, didn’t you?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    They can make it back tho, they get Butler back, Roddy, Ronny,…
    But GRIZZ all the way baby!

  • LeGay


    “A lot of teams are one injury away from a championship. If the right guy goes down on a contender, anyone could win. ”

    Never heard of such statement before. So true.

  • Garrett

    Absolutely they can. If they resign Butler and Chandler they will have the pieces for an elite defense, which is what it is all about in the playoffs. Brewer will play a larger role as a perimeter, shutdown defender, and Beaubois will be the quick, change of pace guard they need. In the West it is still wide open, as the Lakers have personnel issues to resolve and OKC is still young. The other teams are not as strong as the Mavs, making a path to the Finals realistic. Miami also has to deal with a more experienced Bulls team in the East (that might add an elite wing) along with a veteran Boston group and a Magic group that will probably add pieces around Howard.

    For the people who said Dirk is soft and will revert to being soft, that is absurd. He has always been dominant in the playoffs, it wasn’t until now that he had the team. He is one of 3 players to average 25 and 10 for his career in the playoffs…are you kidding me? He is already 23rd on the alltime scoring list, with a real shot at 30,000 points. That, by the way, would be around 5th or 6th ALL TIME. While it is hard to judge his legacy right now, he has revolutionized the Power Forward position with unbelievable pure shooting and grit on the offensive end. So no, I wouldn’t say he is soft at all. Kobe needs to spend his time helping his soft teammate Pau, not worrying about Dirk.

  • Drew

    Considering that they did it this year without Butler, I wouldn’t count them out next year if he’s healthy and they can bring back the same team if not upgrade through trades. I’m sure Mark Cuban is going to be satisfied with just one ship, he’ll want to win a couple more and he’s always been willing to pay whatever the cost to put his team in that position.

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  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Seriously why is bulls22 still allowed to comment here? Mavs are still dangerous.. Caron butler will be back.. Roddy will get playing time at some point.. Hopefully though the salary cap makes them let go off a couple guys so the heat can win. Also dirk is an incredible scorer..but top 20 all time? Reaching.