Nov 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Wilson Chandler (21) guards Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks Mailbag: Mavericks are a Top 4 Team in the West

Dallas Mavericks Mailbag:

“The Dallas Mavericks still aren’t getting any love on ESPN. They keep saying no one wants to play here and we are going to be the same as last season. We got Parsons, Chandler, and Nelson! What are they talking about? The Mavericks are going to be a top 4 Team in the West!”

-Paul G

Let’s face it, the Mavericks never get love on ESPN. Unless they successfully pull in a top player in his prime, that probably won’t change either. I absolutely love the Mavericks offseason and couldn’t be happier (unless – of course – LeBron came to Big D).

I never wanted Melo and was happy to sign a young player like Parsons. Cuban may have overpaid for Parsons, but as many have already pointed out, Dirk is severely underpaid, so it all works out. Chandler is a major upgrade at both ends of the floor and Jameer Nelson is a major bargain at a position of weakness.

The Mavs will also have enough money to try (once again) to lure a max player like LaMarcus Aldridge next season. They did as good of a job as you could ask for.

Apr 11, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes to the basket and scores against New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

On paper this team looks legit, even in the all-powerful Western Conference. The problem I have is with the depth. Devin Harris and Tyson Chandler have notorious injury problems. It would be irresponsible NOT to expect them to miss a chunk of games next season.

The falloff behind Chandler is staggering and Harris is the only PG/SG who can both score and defend.

Replacing either without a substantial decline in play is virtually impossible.

I like the Mavericks to compete for the 5th or 6th spot in the 2014-15 season but injuries will really tell the story of how well they do.

I think the team is substantially improved and, if healthy, can play against anyone. I’m not nearly as concerned about seeding as I am about entering the playoffs healthy and hungry. 4th seed will be tough but I could see them surprising some people in the playoffs if they are healthy.

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