The last in a five-part mini-series detailing what Dallas Mavericks fans should be most concerned about heading into the 2012-2013 season.
After five weeks of analyzing different concerns and possible issues for the Dallas Mavericks, here is the number one item to be concerned about heading into 2012-2013:
With eight new players on the roster, will the Dallas Mavericks have enough chemistry to compete?
The Dallas Mavericks basically have a remade backcourt and frontcourt. Darren Collison is the new starting point guard and O.J. Mayo will man the two guard and most likely Jason Terry's old role. In the frontcourt, there will be no Brendan Haywood or Ian Mahinmi. Instead, it consists of Chris Kaman and Elton Brand, to go along with Brandan Wright.
How will head coach Rick Carlisle get all these new pieces to gel together? The Mavs have more offensive minded players, but how will there be enough touches for the big guys, and also enough chances to score for the perimeter players?
Carlisle won't put up with selfishness, as he preaches a team-first model. But will that be enough for a these four new players, not including Dahntay Jones and the three rookies the Mavs drafted?
The coaching staff will have to put together a bigger play book so guys like Collison and Mayo know when to drive to the hoop and look for their shot. This is also true for drawing up plays for Kaman and Brand.
Also, let's not forgot about the constants of Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion. Their games will have to be adjusted a little to fit around these new pieces. It is going to take time for the Mavs to gel as a new unit. It can happen quickly, but it remains to be seen just how long it will take for there to be a consistent flow to the offense, as well as flow to the defensive schemes.
If anybody has a track record of getting players to play for the team, it is Carlisle. But it is not going to be easy. He will have his toughest coaching job this season.
But the job can be done, and don't be surprised if the Mavs are gelling sooner rather than later. It is just something that we will have to wait and see just exactly how it will play out.
As the countdown concludes, this comes in as the number one concern heading into the 2012-2013 season for the Dallas Mavericks.
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