Jan. 26, 2017
Why the Dallas Mavericks will claim the 8 seed
Dallas has had a rough season. However a recent resurgence has started to get the Mavs fans buzzing. The Mavs still have work to do if they want to make the playoffs but the idea of it is not out of the question. So here is some reason why Dallas will get the final playoff spot in the western conference.
Even Though Dallas may not have the best talent in the NBA which is given based on there record. They play very disciplined basketball. Through each season the Mavs talent level seems to continually shrink but Rick Carlisle keeps finding a way to make it happen with his genius ability to continually get the best of his players. It's absolutely incredible to see Dallas to just keep finding a way to be in the mix and this year isn't much different. Yes the teams aren't as competitive in the west like they were 2-3 years ago but there still right there. The playoff spot is there for the taking.
The recent treasure the Mavs found on free agency is a small but key part of the success in the last two games. Literally out of no where he came in on his 10 day contract and instantly made his presence felt. This was an act of brilliance on Mark Cuban's part and it's almost a must to sign him for the rest of the season. The way he has performed against two of the leagues top tier teams (San Antonio & Cleveland) has been outstanding especially in a system he isn't used to yet.
The next thing is the Mavericks veteran presence. Players like Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki know what it takes to make a run to the playoffs. When in doubt turn to the veterans who have been there done that. These pieces will be essential down the stretch if the Mavericks want any kinds of chance to make the postseason. Veteran's can also help makes other guys better around them and its clear because veteran presence helped lead Dallas to an unforgettable championship run in 2011.
Last without least the biggest reason why Dallas will get the 8 seed is because of this man right here! The Great Dirk Nowitzki. A legend in Mavs Nation. Always will be even after retirement. I always said when in doubt give the ball to Dirk. As long as Dirk is still around you have a chance to make the playoffs every year. The opportunity will always be there and Dirk will always do everything he can to keep us in it tell the end. It has been a rarity to see Dallas out of the postseason the last 16-17 years. It has been an incredible run and Dirk can still keep the run going and make it happen one final time. As I said if Dirk is playing you got a shot at making the Postseason plain and simple!