The Dallas Mavericks are now actually 1-2 since acquiring Rajon Rondo and have begun a two-game skid after falling to the Phoenix Suns, 124-115. In a move that’s some calling the Mavs NBA title favorites, it is clear that the chemistry is not there yet and that should come as no surprise. The one win since picking up Rondo came against a San Antonio Spurs team that sat Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Despite Gregg Popovich’s coveted Big 3 on the bench, Dallas only managed to win 99-93.
Now, back to the newest defeat and Rondo’s assimilation into the Mavericks’organization. It will take a moment for all the pieces to mesh together. Dallas has a new roster and offseason acquisition Chandler Parsons was just beginning to click with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. Now Rondo has been thrown into the equation and it will undoubtedly be a fascinating one for Rick Carlisle to solve.
In the three games since Rondo has wear the blue, he has averaged 10.7 points, 9.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds. Those would be the numbers that Carlisle really wants to see out of Rondo. It could be nice for him to obtain his scoring up just a bit, but he’s also contributing on the defensive side with an average of two steals through these first three games.
There’s no question that, written down, the Mavericks might be among, or even “the” favorite of the Western Conference and could have a backcourt to rival Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. It’ll take a moment and dedication, but once Dallas hits that sweet spot, this team should be an offensive wrecking ball and a defensive force.