Scoring average for Jason Terry in the 63 games in which he came off the bench last season, the highest for a reserve since Ricky Pierce averaged 20.5 points for the Bucks and the Sonics in 1990--91.
ENEMY LINES | A RIVAL SCOUT ON THE MAVERICKS
This team is going to have to play fast. They have a lot of players who will spread the floor, and in the end they might look a little bit like the old Suns.... I still rank Dirk Nowitzki as one of the top two power forwards in the league, along with Kevin Garnett. The problem for Dallas is trying to beat the Lakers, because Pau Gasol provides a fairly even matchup to Dirk, and Lamar Odom can drive at him.... Josh Howard averaged 7.6 points in the first quarter last year—only LeBron James [8.3] got off to a better start. Howard has the ability to be a higher-scoring version of Bruce Bowen, but when they revamped their roster, he saw the opportunity to score, and some of that emphasis on defense went away.... Jason Kidd isn't as good defensively as he used to be, obviously, and with the explosive guards in the West that's a problem. But he still pushes the ball, he's still strong, and his three-point shooting has improved dramatically to where you can't back off him or close out late. He still has the quick first step; he just doesn't have the second or third step to get all the way to the basket anymore.