There is a certain hop on Jason Kidd’s step nowadays his aura is different and his playing like a 20 year old point guard with endless energy and it’s not even because of his newly signed $21 million contract. For years the Dallas Mavericks is searching for a solid roster who could duplicate if not surpass their 2006 team that went all the way to the NBA finals and going to this season it looks like this would be the team to look forward to in paper. Getting all-star Shawn Marion, signing free agents Tim Thomas, Drew Gooden and Quinton Ross is quite promising and losing only players such as Jerry Stackhouse, Antoine Wright and Brandon Bass. The Mavericks have been regularly criticized since the 2006 finals team. Devin Harris is a good young point guard although there are no comparison to Jason Kidd’s level we took emphasis on the word “young”. The trade between Kidd and Harris wasn’t all appealing and when the Mavericks failed to go all the way to the finals the following year talks have resurfaced that Kidd couldn’t deliver them to the promise land. Kidd can only do much but what we have to see is the bigger picture the Mavs need a deeper roster. They need players who can guard multiple positions and players who are willing to play their roles and somehow this season the Mavericks are showing good potential.
Dirk Nowitzki can now concentrate on offense with Marion playing defense Kidd can run as much as he wants to with JJ Barea, Jason Terry, Josh Howard and Ross who can finish the break with ease.
Rodrigue Beaubois their only rookie has shown some good potential although at 21 he is still very raw.
Drew Gooden showed his underrated offense during their preseason opener against the Orlando Magic chipping 18 markers and holding his ground against NBA’s most dominant center Dwight Howard. The 110-105 Magic victory doesn’t count a thing but considering Magic has played all their starters and Josh Howard and Shawn Marion seated in the bench it makes it more interesting.
Much has been said on the Mavericks team and when all said and done it all boils down to one thing… execution. You can say it’s a good team looking at it on paper but it’s totally different especially when the season begins.
Jason Kidd feels good deep inside and it shows on how well he played on their preseason games. Maybe Jason had this rendezvous feeling way back when he took the New Jersey Nets to greater heights or he’s happy to know that he is back to playing a contender team again… Hope all good things are not written in paper.