The news had barely been a few hours old about the pending end of the 2011 NBA lockout before fans of the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks wondered if owner Mark Cuban and the rest of the powers that be would bring back the likes of JJ Barea, Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson for a shot at a repeat.
Well, all three integral members of last season's championship-winning club are now playing elsewhere in the Association. And while there was some bellyaching and backlash directed Cuban's way, especially for not re-signing Chandler, who is now in New York, the additions of both Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year, helped soften the blow a bit.
But through the first 10 games, a funny thing has happened at the center position for Rick Carlisle's club. That's because one Ian Mahinmi has been pretty big through the first batch of games, averaging 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds while coming off the bench.
To date, the 6-foot-11 Frenchman has been aver...