How far could these Mavs go? Obviously this is a different season and today is a different league but how do the 2011 Mavs compare to the team of 2014?
Here’s the players side by side. 2011 Team to the left and 2014 Team to the right. The comparisons will be by position and importance. Not neccasirly starters vs. starters but players of similar skill-set vs. each other.
- Jason Kidd – Jose Calderon
- Jason Terry – Monta Ellis
- Shawn Marion – Shawn Marion
- Dirk Nowitzki – Dirk Nowitzki
- Tyson Chandler – Samuel Dalembert
- JJ Barea – Devin Harris
- Deshawn Stevenson – Vince Carter
- Brendan Haywood – Brandon Wright
- Ian Mahimmi – Dejuan Blair
- Corey Brewer – Jae Crowder
- Peja Stojakovic – Wayne Ellington
- Brian Cardinal – Shane Larkin
- *Caron Butler, Roddy B, Dominique Jones* – *Ricky Ledo, Bernard James, Gal Mekel*
*Inactive playoff players*
The comparisons are undeniable and in many ways the teams are very similar. Could these Mavs replicate the 2011 Mavs and find themselves in the Finals?
Here are some stats for you analytics fans out there, comparing the two teams.
The Mavs had a lot of players throughout 2011 that didn’t last the full season but made their way into the stat column so just disregard those players.
& this years team…
I’m not saying that this years team will win the championship but they might have a better chance than others give them credit for. .
The Memphis Grizzlies host the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow in the battle for the 7th seed in the Western Conference. Whoever wins this game will get the 7-seed and play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. Whoever loses gets the number 1-seeded, best record in the league, mighty-mighty San Antonio Spurs.
The drama continues…. as the anticipation and suspense build…
Thanks for reading!