DALLAS -- After surveying Dallas' roster, ESPN NBA analyst George Karl praised the Mavericks' front office for leaning towards older players as a means to an end.
The Mavs have seven players who have been in the NBA eight or more years, and eight players who have been in the league five years or less. Meanwhile, the Mavs' entire starting lineup is composed of players with at least eight years experience, while 16-year veteran Vince Carter is usually the first player off the bench, and 10-year veteran guard Devin Harris is slated to be in the rotation once he returns from toe surgery.
"I really like the scenario of someone playing the card of you don’t have to go young,'' Karl told the Star-Telegram on Tuesday. "This league is possessed by these general managers who said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to go young, you’ve got to build through the draft, that’s the only chance you’ve got to be good in this league.’
"The only thing wrong with that is going through that young stage you have a helluva chance to be bad. The way Dallas is doing it they’re not going to be bad.''
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