by Jourdan Bazley
The season for golden courts, slam dunks, and roaring crowds is finally upon the sports universe. Basketball season is approaching fast, so fans will not have to wait much longer to see how their favorite teams will prevail this 2016 season. We are in Texas, so the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets are where the concerns of many of this articles’ readers will fall. With preseason coming to an end, what can viewers look forward to seeing in the start of the season?
The Dallas Mavericks unfortunately lost the signing of DeAndre Jordan for the upcoming 2015-2016 season after Jordan, out of the blue, chose to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season the Mavericks took in Celtics player Rajon Rondo, who was introduced to the team as a defensive player that was expected to help the defense of the Mavericks show up as well as the offense was. The Mavericks began 2014 with a leading offensive side, holding onto “an offensive rating 9.8 percent better than league average (103.5).”(Pelton) Although the team started strong, the offensive reign was cut within the season, and ultimately dropped the Mavericks lower than expected.
This season, Cuban has shared his view on the strength of the Mavericks this season stating that not only will the younger players give a good watch to the season, but with Williams, Mathews, Nowitzki, and Parsons will show out if they can get the structure that they need. This season should be a lot better defensive-wise, and should recapture the offensive starts the fans could see the team is capable of.
A little to the south, the Houston Rockets are shaping up this preseason. The team is switching back and forth between players due to injuries that the boys just cannot seem to escape. From James Harden, to Dwight Howard, and Donatas Motiejunas, the team has had to really focus on using this preseason to really find the connection between players. Due to the injuries that the Rockets are experiencing, new players and new line-ups are changing sporadically for each game, and are really dulling the light that the team is working to find. Although not far off, the actual season is what the team is focusing on. The preseason is what they all needed in order to get a feel for what the play will be like if the season begins before the injuries suffice, but the team is hoping to get better and learn to play together efficiently before the season really begins.
The first games for these two teams are approaching fast, and will show all of us, the fans, exactly where the teams may stand for the season as we watch Dallas and Houston show us what they’ve got.
Houston Rockets start their season on October 28th at 7:00 p.m. against the Denver Nuggets.
Dallas Mavericks start their season on October 28th at 9:00 p.m. against the Phoenix Suns.