DALLAS -– Rick Carlisle insist that his guard play will “be different’’ than it was last season.
Darren Collison and OJ Mayo were the opening-day starters in the backcourt for the Dallas Mavericks last season. While the pair had their successful moments, too much inconsistency on their part played a major role in the Mavs finishing the season with a 41-41 record and missing out on the playoffs.
While Collison (Los Angeles Clippers) and Mayo (Milwaukee Bucks) left Dallas through free agency this past July, many Mavs followers believe the offseason acquisitions of point guard Jose Calderon and shooting guard Monta Ellis represent an upgrade in the backcourt for their favorite team.
“Calderon and Ellis are different kind of players than Collision and Mayo were,’’ Carlisle, the Mavs’ coach, said Tuesday. “I’m not going to get into a lot of comparisons to last year’s guys.
“I don’t know how relevant it really is.’’
Poor guard play was at the crux of the Mavs’ offensive woes last season, along with their inability to play defense and rebound the basketball.
Carlisle, though, noted that when Mayo joined the Mavs last year he was 24 years old and had just four years experience, while Collison was 25 and had only three years experience.
By contrast, Calderon is 31 years old and has eight years experience, while Ellis is 27 and also has eight years experience.
“We're more experienced (in the backcourt) by a long shot,'' Carlisle said. "We’ve got two guys who has several years experience as starting guards.
“Both guys have playoff experience, so that’s going to help us.’’
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