Just two years removed from a championship run, the Dallas Mavericks head into the 2012-2013 season with just two holdovers from that playoff roster. There will be a number of new faces joining Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion in Dallas when the Mavericks open training camp on Saturday, September 29.
Deron Williams, who re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets, will not be among those faces. Although the Mavericks were unable to convince Williams, a Dallas-area native, to leave the Nets, Dallas still managed to have a strong offseason.
The Mavericks claimed Elton Brand off of amnesty waivers and signed free agents Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo. Dallas also acquired Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones in a trade with the Indiana Pacers.
Brand and Kaman, former Los Angeles Clippers teammates, will provide the Mavericks with a legitimate inside scoring presence that they have not had since Chris Gatling's 44-game stint in Dallas during the 1996-1997 season.
Collison, Mayo, and Jones add depth, athleticism and versatility to Dallas' backcourt. The Mavericks will be able to pressure the ball and possibly create some easy scoring opportunities in transition now that they have some guards with speed and athleticism.
Although they whiffed on Deron Williams, the Mavericks still found a way to add depth and versatility to their roster. With a deeper and more versatile supporting cast surrounding him, Dirk Nowitzki is poised to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their 13th consecutive playoff appearance.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Dallas Mavericks:
Game 1, Tuesday, October 30 at Los Angeles Lakers- Mavericks open the season with a loss to Steve Nash and the Lakers (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Wednesday, October 31 at Utah Jazz- Mavericks defeat the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 1-1).
Game 3, Saturday, November 3 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Mavericks get a victory over the Bobcats in their home opener (Record 2-1).
Game 4, Monday, November 5 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Mavericks defeat LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers at the American Airlines Center (Record 3-1).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 versus Toronto Raptors- Mavericks close a perfect 3-0 homestand with a win over the Raptors (Record 4-1).
Game 6, Friday, November 9 at New York Knicks- Mavericks fall to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 4-2).
Game 7, Saturday, November 10 at Charlotte Bobcats- Mavericks defeat the Bobcats for the 17th straight time and remain undefeated against the eight-year old franchise (Record 5-2).
Game 8, Monday, November 12 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Mavericks play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the Timberwolves (Record 5-3).
Game 9, Wednesday, November 14 versus Washington Wizards- Mavericks close a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Wizards (Record 6-3).
Game 10, Friday, November 16 at Indiana Pacers- Mavericks get a road win over the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Record 7-3).
Game 11, Saturday, November 17 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Mavericks drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (Record 7-4).
Game 12, Monday, November 19 versus Golden State Warriors- Mavericks open a three-game homestand with a victory over the Warriors (Record 8-4).
Game 13, Wednesday, November 21 versus New York Knicks- Mavericks defeat the Knicks (Record 9-4).
Game 14, Saturday, November 24 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Mavericks get a solid home win over Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Record 10-4).
Game 15, Tuesday, November 27 at Philadelphia 76ers- Mavericks get a road win over Andrew Bynum and the 76ers (Record 11-4).
Game 16, Wednesday, November 28 at Chicago Bulls- Mavericks successfully complete a back-to-back by defeating the Derrick Rose-less Bulls (Record 12-4).
Game 17, Saturday, December 1 versus Detroit Pistons- Mavericks open December by beating the Pistons at the American Airlines Center for the fifth straight time (Record 13-4).
Game 18, Wednesday, December 5 at Los Angeles Clippers- Mavericks defeat Chris Paul and the Clippers to earn their seventh straight win (Record 14-4).
Game 19, Thursday, December 6 at Phoenix Suns- Mavericks successfully complete a back-to-back with a victory over the Suns (Record 15-4).
Game 20, Saturday, December 8 at Houston Rockets- Mavericks play for the third time in four nights and fall to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets (Record 15-5).
Game 21, Monday, December 10 versus Sacramento Kings- Mavericks rebound with a home win over the Kings (Record 16-5).
Game 22, Wednesday, December 12 at Boston Celtics- Mavericks lose to the Celtics at the TD Garden (Record 16-6).
Game 23, Friday, December 14 at Toronto Raptors- Mavericks get a road win over the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 17-6).
Game 24, Saturday, December 15 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Mavericks close a 1-2 road trip with a loss to Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 17-7).
Game 25, Tuesday, December 18 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Mavericks defeat the 76ers (Record 18-7).
Game 26, Thursday, December 20 versus Miami Heat- Mavericks close a brief two-game homestand with a close win over the Heat (Record 19-7).
Game 27, Friday, December 21 at Memphis Grizzlies- Mavericks drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Grizzlies (Record 19-8).
Game 28, Sunday, December 23 at San Antonio Spurs- Mavericks play for the third time in four nights and fall to the Spurs at the AT&T Center (Record 19-9).
Game 29, Thursday, December 27 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Mavericks rebound with an impressive road win over Kevin Durant and the Thunder (Record 20-9).
Game 30, Friday, December 28 versus Denver Nuggets- Mavericks fall to the Nuggets in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 20-10).
Game 31, Sunday, December 30 versus San Antonio Spurs- Mavericks get a home win over the Spurs (Record 21-10).
Game 32, Tuesday, January 1 at Washington Wizards- Mavericks begin 2013 with a victory over John Wall and the Wizards (Record 22-10).
Game 33, Wednesday, January 2 at Miami Heat- Mavericks drop a road game to the Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena (Record 22-11).
Game 34, Saturday, January 5 versus New Orleans Hornets- Mavericks get a home win over the Hornets at the American Airlines Center (Record 23-11).
Game 35, Monday, January 7 at Utah Jazz- Mavericks open a three-game road trip with a victory over the Jazz (Record 24-11).
Game 36, Wednesday, January 9 at Los Angeles Clippers- Mavericks lose a close game to the Clippers at the Staples Center (Record 24-12).
Game 37, Thursday, January 10 at Sacramento Kings Mavericks play for the third road game in four nights and fall to the Kings (Record 24-13).
Game 38, Saturday, January 12 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Mavericks earn their 25th win of the season with a victory over the Grizzlies (Record 25-13).
Game 39, Monday, January 14 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Mavericks win a close game against the Timberwolves (Record 26-13).
Game 40, Wednesday, January 16 versus Houston Rockets- Mavericks beat the Rockets at the American Airlines Center for the fifth straight time (Record 27-13).
Game 41, Friday, January 18 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Mavericks close a perfect 4-0 homestand with an impressive win over the Thunder (Record 28-13).
Game 42, Sunday, January 20 at Orlando Magic- Mavericks get a road win over the Magic (Record 29-13).
Game 43, Friday, January 25 versus San Antonio Spurs- Mavericks open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Spurs (Record 30-13).
Game 44, Sunday, January 27 versus Phoenix Suns- Mavericks beat the Suns at the American Airlines Center for the 10th straight time (Record 31-13).
Game 45, Tuesday, January 29 at Portland Trail Blazers- Mavericks continue their winning ways with a victory over the Trail Blazers (Record 32-13).
Game 46, Thursday, January 31 at Golden State Warriors- Mavericks close January with a road win over the Warriors (Record 33-13).
Game 47, Friday, February 1 at Phoenix Suns- Mavericks fall to the Suns at the US Airways Center in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 33-14).
Game 48, Monday, February 4 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Mavericks lose a close road game to the Thunder (Record 33-15).
Game 49, Wednesday, February 6 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Mavericks drop a home game to the Trail Blazers (Record 33-16).
Game 50, Saturday, February 9 versus Golden State Warriors- Mavericks get back on track with a double-digit victory over the Warriors (Record 34-16).
Game 51, Monday, February 11 versus Atlanta Hawks- Mavericks win a close home game against the Hawks (Record 35-16).
Game 52, Wednesday, February 13 versus Sacramento Kings- Mavericks head into the All-Star break with a victory over the Kings (Record 36-16).
Game 53, Wednesday, February 20 versus Orlando Magic- Mavericks defeat the Magic to open the second half of the season (Record 37-16).
Game 54, Friday, February 22 at New Orleans Hornets- Mavericks drop a road game to Anthony Davis and the Hornets (Record 37-17).
Game 55, Sunday, February 24 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Mavericks open a brief two-game homestand with a loss to the Lakers (Record 37-18).
Game 56, Tuesday, February 26 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Mavericks lose to the Bucks in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 37-19).
Game 57, Wednesday, February 27 at Memphis Grizzlies- Mavericks play their third game in four nights and fall to the Grizzlies at the FedExForum (Record 37-20).
Game 58, Friday, March 1 at Brooklyn Nets- Mavericks drop a road game to the Nets (Record 37-21).
Game 59, Sunday, March 3 at Houston Rockets- Mavericks close a 1-2 road trip with a victory over the Rockets at the Toyota Center (Record 38-21).
Game 60, Wednesday, March 6 versus Houston Rockets- Mavericks get another win over the Rockets and win the season series 3-1 (Record 39-21).
Game 61, Friday, March 8 at Detroit Pistons- Mavericks get their 40th win of the season with a victory over the Pistons at the Palace (Record 40-21).
Game 62, Sunday, March 10 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Mavericks get a road win over the Timberwolves at the Target Center (Record 41-21).
Game 63, Tuesday, March 12 at Milwaukee Bucks- Mavericks defeat the Bucks at the Bradley Center (Record 42-21).
Game 64, Thursday, March 14 at San Antonio Spurs- Mavericks lose a close game to the savvy Spurs (Record 42-22).
Game 65, Friday, March 15 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Mavericks beat Kyrie Irving and the young Cavaliers in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 43-22).
Game 66, Sunday, March 17 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Mavericks play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the Thunder (Record 43-23).
Game 67, Monday, March 18 at Atlanta Hawks- Mavericks play for the fourth time in five nights and fall to the Hawks at Philips Arena (Record 43-24).
Game 68, Wednesday, March 20 versus Brooklyn Nets- Mavericks open a six-game homestand with a victory over Deron Williams and the Nets (Record 44-24).
Game 69, Friday, March 22 versus Boston Celtics- Mavericks get a solid victory over the Celtics (Record 45-24).
Game 70, Sunday, March 24 versus Utah Jazz- Mavericks defeat the Jazz and win the season series 3-0 (Record 46-24).
Game 71, Tuesday, March 26 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Mavericks get a home win over the Clippers and win the season series 2-1 (Record 47-24).
Game 72, Thursday, March 28 versus Indiana Pacers- Mavericks beat the Pacers (Record 48-24).
Game 73, Saturday, March 30 versus Chicago Bulls- Mavericks earn their sixth straight home win with a victory over the Bulls (Record 49-24).
Game 74, Tuesday, April 2 at Los Angeles Lakers- Mavericks drop a road game to the Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 49-25).
Game 75, Thursday, April 4 at Denver Nuggets- Mavericks rebound with a victory over the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center (Record 50-25).
Game 76, Friday, April 5 at Sacramento Kings- Mavericks play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Kings (Record 50-26).
Game 77, Sunday, April 7 at Portland Trail Blazers- Mavericks close a respectable 2-2 road trip with a victory over the Trail Blazers (Record 51-26).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 10 versus Phoenix Suns- Mavericks defeat the Suns to open a brief two-game homestand (Record 52-26).
Game 79, Friday, April 12 versus Denver Nuggets- Mavericks get a home win over the Nuggets and win the season series two games to one (Record 53-26).
Game 80, Sunday, April 14 at New Orleans Hornets- Mavericks beat the Hornets in their final road game of the season (Record 54-26).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Mavericks drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Grizzlies (Record 54-27).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 versus New Orleans Hornets- Mavericks close the season with a victory over the Hornets (Record 55-27).
Prediction: With a revamped roster and a full season ahead of them, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks will put together their 12th 50-win season in the last 13 years.
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Information from ESPN.com's Dallas Mavericks 2013 Schedule, NBA.com's 2012-13 National Basketball Association Important Dates and Basketball-Reference.com's Dallas Mavericks Franchise Index was used for this article.
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