67RIEFNS No. 58: Dirk Nowitzki surrounded by weapons

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The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

Since Dirk Nowitzki became a full-time starter, the Mavericks’ offensive rating has ranked:

  • 7th
  • 4th
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 4th
  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 8th
  • 5th
  • 10th
  • 8th
  • 22nd
  • 14th
  • 3rd

For a couple years after Dallas broke up its championship core, the offense fell below average and then ticked barely above it. But with a re-stocked backcourt featuring Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon, the Mavericks returned to near the top of the NBA.

Essentially, Nowitzki still gives him team a chance to form an elite offense around him. It just requires the right weapons around him, and this year’s supporting cast should be even better than last year’s.

Chandler Parsons is a versatile up and comer. Tyson Chandler is an elite finisher at the rim. Ellis is a year further removed from the horrific Bucks offense that brought out his worst qualities. Between Jameer Nelson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton, Dallas should find  a solid point guard, and Parsons can defray some of the position’s responsibilities.

That’s plenty of talent, enough that a team with Nowitzki – one of the most-dynamic offensive players in NBA history – could score at an elite level.

Nowitzki, 36, has only so much time left in his career. It’s good to see Dallas making the most of it.