Apr 17, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts during the first quarter against the New Orleans Hornets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks 2013 SeasonPreview

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As of lately, sports franchises in Dallas have been mired in mediocrity epitomized by the all-popular, consecutive 8-8 seasons Cowboys. But what about the not-long-ago NBA champions Mavericks, coming from a disappointing 41-41 season?

Even the Rangers, 19 games above .500 missed the playoffs. And don’t even get me started on the already 2-3 Stars.

The question with the Mavs is if we can expect a 35-year old, 11-time NBA All-Star, Dirk Nowitzki to lead this team to the playoffs one more time.

The addition of Spanish point guard Jose Calderon is an intriguing move that could pay good dividends for an aging, but still talented team. Calderon was the NBA three-point field goal percentage leader in 2013; he is the Toronto Raptors all-time leader in assists, and has won one World Championship, one European Championship and two Olympic Silver medals with the Spanish national team.

In the NBA, Calderon has never been in the right situation to make the most of his unquestionable talent, something that could change in Dallas.

Nevertheless, the Dwight Howard fiasco could prove to be an omen of a season heading nowhere.

Before the offseason, this was a team in urgent need of a big star to try to squeeze another championship from the last few years of the Nowitzki era. After the offseason, this is a team with too many question marks.

Maybe Nowitzki has one great year left. Maybe Calderon brings a much-needed spark. But being objective, this is a team that needed to start a rebuilding process a year ago, and now it’s just one year older.

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