The 2011-2012 Mavs were clearly better with Darren Collison running the show—a show that didn't have an encore during the postseason—than they would have been with Deron Williams at the point (note: This is sarcasm). Now, as relayed by ESPN's Bryan Gutierrez and Tim MacMahon, the same is obviously true after missing out on Dwight Howard:
I think we've put ourselves in a spot where we're in a better spot than we were at if we got just the one max-out deal. I think it'd be better shorter and longer term. I don't want to make that sound the wrong way. I think we'll be better this year because we added five good players or more.
You have to admire Cuban's homerism, but he's way off his rocker on this one. It's not like Dallas was able to rebound from losing the D12 sweepstakes and sign a bunch of star players. Instead, the front office was left scrambling to pick up the pieces.
Dallas has since added four players, with two more set to join the pack. Devin Harris and Brandan Wright, according to Gutierrez and MacMahon, are both expected to sign with the Mavericks in the near future.
Are Harris, Wright, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington and Samuel Dalembert worth Dwight Howard?
Not in a million years.
Ellis remains a bizarre and expensive signing for a team that supposedly relies heavily on analytics. But I suppose Cuban will enjoy watching his new shooting guard, the same one who converted his attempts 41.6 percent of the time, refused to stop shooting perimeter jumpers no matter how often he missed and showed a curious indifference on the defensive end.
There's a good reason he sat on the market so long.
Calderon and Dalembert are both valuable players—the point guard in particular—but they're hardly players who can change the direction of a franchise.
With Howard, the Mavericks could have used the "room" exception and early Bird rights to land Ellington and Wright, but they would have missed out on the other acquisitions. That said, they could have managed to parlay a stacked frontcourt into more quality players, and something tells me Cuban still would have claimed Dallas was better off.
Without him, they may actually still be in good shape. Just if we're talking about getting better lottery odds in the tankapalooza for Andrew Wiggins.