Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 10/10/12
#13 - Dallas Mavericks2011/12 Record: 36-30, lost Eastern Conference First Round2012/13 Projected Record: 45-37, playoffs

Key Additions:Darren Collison - Point GuardO.J. Mayo - Shooting GuardDahntay Jones - Shooting GuardElton Brand - Power ForwardChris Kaman - CenterKey Departures:Jason Terry - Shooting GuardJason Kidd - Point GuardBrendan Haywood - CenterLamar Odom - Power ForwardIan Mahinmi - CenterDepth Chart:Point Guard: Darren Collison, Delonte WestShooting Guard: O.J. Mayo, Dahntay JonesSmall Forward: Shawn Marion, Vince CarterPower Forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Elton BrandCenter: Chris Kaman, Brandan WrightThe X Factor:Dirk NowitzkiDirk is now 34 years old - he's bound to eventually not play at an all-world level (right?!). Is this the year the decline starts?Summary: The Mavs went through a massive turnover in the offseason, and even though they whiffed on getting any of the big-name free agents on the market, they still upgraded their roster. And, more importantly, they added some young pieces in the backcourt that they can try to build around. They probably aren't title contenders any longer, but they still are playoff bound.NBA Preseason Power Rankings#14 - New York Knicks#15 - Atlanta Hawks #16 - Chicago Bulls#17 - Utah Jazz#18 - Golden State Warriors#19 - Portland Trailblazers#20 - Milwaukee Bucks#21 - Cleveland Cavaliers#22 - New Orleans Hornets#23 - Washington Wizards#24 - Toronto Raptors#25 - Sacramento Kings#26 - Phoenix Suns#27 - Houston Rockets#28 - Detroit Pistons#29 - Orlando Magic#30 - Charlotte Bobcats
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