A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE MAVERICKS
Father Time is catching up to Dirk Nowitzki [who will miss up to six weeks after knee surgery]. Having Elton Brand will reduce some of Nowitzki's minutes at power forward. There was slippage in Dirk's game last year.... They'll run more of a transition offense with Darren Collison. He's very fast, but he has a hard time seeing over the defense. If they try to grind it out in the half-court, I don't know how effective he can be.... Chris Kaman's numbers are always pretty good, but they are deceiving. He's not a force defensively. If you do run sets, you can go to him and he can score. He just has never been able to stay healthy.... They lost Jason Terry and needed another perimeter shooter. O.J. Mayo is not a great one, but he is a good pickup who can play both guard spots.... I think Shawn Marion is their second-best player, after Dirk. He's good in the open floor, and you could mention him as one of the better defensive forwards in the league.... Roddy Beaubois is a slasher who has always had potential, but the toughest thing in the NBA is for a guard who is not a natural point guard to try to play the position. [At 6'0"] he is just not big enough to play the two.