As of Sunday the franchise's future, rookie swingman Jim Jackson, was not signed. Its best player, Derek Harper, was on the trading block. Second-year center Donald Hodge and rookie Scan Rooks will share the center spot. The roster is littered with "CBA guys," as coach Richie Adubato calls them. And in the face of such mediocrity, Adubato plans to run an up-tempo offense (including, in Adubato's words, "tons of threes") ignited by a pressure defense, which could result in the Mavs' getting run out of games early.
Good luck, Richie. You'll need it.