Rajon Rondo and Josh Powell are the newest members of the Dallas Mavericks as they were traded for Jameer Nelson, Brandon Wright, Jae Crowder and two draft picks; a first rounder in 2015 and a second in 2016.
A lot of skepticism around the NBA if Dallas was truly a championship contender was answered when owner Mark Cuban made a splash and got an elite point guard. An elite starting five now including Rajon is exactly what Dallas needed. A pass happy ball handler on a team full of players who can put the ball in the basket.
In 2010, when Dallas won the championship, Dallas greatly benefited from he play of their point guard. Specifically Dirk who had one of his best offensive shooting seasons of his career. Rondo at this point of his career is a far superior than Kidd was. He’s younger and more athletic and he’s a better passer than Kidd ever was in Dallas.
I fully expect Dallas to be a contender in daunting Western Conference. I’m slightly worried about depth of their bigs losing Wright, but there starting five will compensate for a lot once Rajon learns the offense.
Dallas Mavericks starting five
PG – Rajon Rondo
SG – Monta Ellis
SF– Chandler Parsons
PF – Dirk Nowitzki
C – Tyson Chandler