DALLAS -- One of the debates raging around the Dallas Mavericks' camp is whether or not the nine new players on this year's roster are better than the nine players no longer on the roster who ended last season with Mark Cuban's team.
Cuban, of course, gave an expected answer. But it came with a twist to it.
"Obviously, I’m positive every year,'' Cuban said after Sunday's practice at American Airlines Center. "But when you talk to our guys that have been here the first thing they’ll say is we’ve got some talent, we’ve got some depth.
"I think we’ve got more talent and more depth than last year, but we’ll play the games.''
The nine new players include Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Ricky Ledo, Gal Mekel, Wayne Ellington, Devin Harris, Shane Larkin and DeJuan Blair. The nine players no longer with Dallas who ended last season with the Mavs include OJ Mayo, Darren Collison, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, Rodrigue Beaubois, Mike James, Josh Akognon, Anthony Morrow and Jared Cunningham.
Still, despite the upgrade in talent from last year's 41-41 team, Cuban points to one intangible that will play a major role in the overall success of this year's squad.
"I still think it’ll come down to health,'' Cuban said. "If Dirk (Nowitzki) is healthy, Vince (Carter) stays healthy, Shawn (Marion) stays healthy, then I think we’ll be good.''
-- Dwain Price
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