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Andrew Lawrence
October 23, 2006
The team's defense took center stage, thanks largely to a former lottery flop
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October 23, 2006

1 Dallas Mavericks

The team's defense took center stage, thanks largely to a former lottery flop

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Devin Harris

PPG 9.9
RPG 2.2
APG 3.2
SPG 0.95
FG% 46.9
3FG% 23.8
FT% 71.6

Josh Howard

PPG 15.6
RPG 6.3
APG 1.9
SPG 1.15
BPG 0.44
FG% 47.1
3FG% 42.9

BENCH 2005--06 STATS
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Enemy Lines
An opposing team's scout sizes up the Mavericks

They didn't make radical changes, which shows how much they like their chances of taking the final step and winning a championship. But the guys they did bring in are all better than the ones they got rid of.... It seems like every year Dirk Nowitzki gets better at figuring out how to take advantage of the defenses that are thrown at him. But I also think that he's close to maxing out his talent, so if they want to take the next step, they're going to need improvement from young stars Josh Howard and Devin Harris.... I'm not a big fan of Jason Terry. He'll have stretches when he gets hot offensively, but frequently he doesn't do a lot. They ranked 29th in assists last year, which means that they rely on a lot of one-on-one play.... Their bench is outstanding. Jerry Stackhouse gives them a big-time option, Greg Buckner and Devean George can be excellent from the three-point line while upgrading the defense, and Austin Croshere can shoot it too. Because of their depth they should be able to survive a short-term injury to anybody except Nowitzki.

Only two ( Keith Van Horn and Pavel Podkolzin) of the Mavs' 16 players didn't start at least one game last season, when coach Avery Johnson used 17 different starting lineups.

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