Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/17/12
OPENING TIP The Dallas Mavericks are a team in transition, a team thats making changes while aiming to stay relevant. Its an interesting way to do things for the franchise won a title two seasons ago -- but so far, so good. Or at least so not-too-shabby. The Mavs know Dirk Nowitzki wont be around forever. He certainly wont be around for the game tonight in Cleveland, as the All-Star forward is still recovering from a preseason knee procedure. Instead, the Mavs will feature the likes of Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and especially, O.J. Mayo. None of those four were on the team last season. Brand and Kaman are pretty much veteran stopgaps (although theyll still help you win), while Collison and Mayo are viewed as the Mavs Backcourt of the Future. Mayo, in particular, has impressed. Hes gone from sixth man in Memphis to starter in Dallas, his 22 points per game proving all he needed was the ball and someone to believe in him. The West Virgina native and former Ohio Mr...
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