Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Dallas needs to get tougher inside. The Mavericks fell in
five games in the first round of the playoffs to the Sacramento Kings and once
again showed that they have many holes on their team.

The Mavericks have a lot of talent on their roster. One problem that could
arise in the offseason is if point guard Steve Nash leaves through free
agency. The good news is that Dallas still has All-Star Dirk Nowitzki,
swingman Michael Finley, and forwards Antawn Jamison and Antonie Walker.

If Nash, who led the Mavs with 8.8 assists per game, signs with another team,
than Dallas could be very active in the trade market, and could possibly
ship one of its talented forwards to get a point guard to replace Nash. The
Mavericks also still lack the inside presence they need to compete with teams
like the Kings, Lakers and Spurs.

Nowitzki led the Mavs in scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounds (8,7 rpg) this
season, while Finley came through with 18.7 points per game. Jamison and
Walker finished their first seasons with Dallas and seemed to still be trying
to get used to their new team even as the Mavs entered the playoffs.

Dallas has just a second-round pick in this year’s draft and will take the
best player available.

Key Player(s): Marquis Daniels (guard), Michael Finley (forward/guard), Josh
Howard (forward), Antawn Jamison (forward), Steve Nash (guard), Dirk Nowitzki
(center/forward), Antoine Walker (forward).

Team Needs: Center and inside toughness.

Draft picks: 2nd round (50th overall).

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