If The Mavericks Win…
It’s far from certain that the Dallas Mavericks will win the 2011 NBA title, but if they do, their win will change the tenor of this offseason dramatically. I say its far from certain as teams who go on the road for games 6 and 7 with a three games to two lead, are only 4-3 in winning the title.
But if the Mavericks do win, then it changes the entire concept of roster construction in the NBA. The Mavericks are a superstar plus a deep cast of talented role players. Suddenly, the notion of Chris Paul leaving New Orleans or Dwight Howard leaving Orlando becomes a lot less pre-ordained. There are a lot more players at the overall talent level of a DeShawn Stevenson, Dwight Howard, and Jason Terry on the market than there are of superstar ability. A Dallas win would underscore the success that Memphis had was no fluke, and it will make the Lakers look that much more foolish for relying on the skills of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to offset a subpar point guard rotation (Derek Fisher and Steve Blake, really?).
A Dallas win should give the fan bases of teams everywhere hope that their teams can draft a superstar and build around them smartly.