There are quite a few teams in today’s game who are considered to be “deep” teams. This term is decided to teams that have 2 solid players on each starting position.
We take a trip down memory lane to the season 2003/2004 with the Dallas Mavericks. If you look at their roster you will see a couple of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, and solid bench players. Not bad for a team that aims for a championship, however Mavs season ended in disappointment.
Imagine a team where you have Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Antoine Walker, Antawn Jamison, Travis Best, Michael Finley, Marquis Daniels, Tony Delk, Eduardo Najera, Josh Howard, and Shawn Bradley. This team wasn’t known for their defensive ability but they could definitely put a lot of trouble with their style of play orchestrated under the great Don Nelson.
During the offseason, the Mavericks acquired Antawn Jamison from the Golden State Warriors, and All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics. Although the team struggled with chemistry with a 15–12 start, the Mavericks went on a nine-game winning streak in January and won eight of their final ten games.
In their playbook, there was a lot of pick n roll action between Nash & Dirk in combination with a lot of shooting. Mavs were the highest-scoring team that season with 105 points per game. Up-tempo style of play which was their signature mark leads them to being one of the worst defensive teams in the league sitting on the 26th spot.
They finished third in the Midwest Division with a 52–30 record. Dirk Nowitzki was the only member of the team to be selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. With the trio of Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Steve Nash along with NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamison, the Mavericks continued their reputation as the best offensive team in the NBA. Notable were two rookies, Josh Howard and Marquis Daniels, who made an immediate impact, and were both selected to the All-Rookie Second Team.
However, the Mavericks have eliminated quickly four games to one in the playoffs, losing in the first round to their archrivals the Sacramento Kings. Following the season, Nash re-signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, Walker was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, and Jamison was dealt with the Washington Wizards.