Power Ranking: Western Conference Contenders and Pretenders

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Where Did We Go So Wrong?

12. Mavs
11. Lakers

Apr 10, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) argues with referee Brian Forte (45) during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Rewind back to 2010-11. The Mavericks swept the two-time defending champion Lakers out of the playoffs en route to Dirk and the Mavs illustrious title run. The sweep sent the Lakers into a tailspin, one in which has seen them go 5-13 in the playoffs since. We know the Lakers are keyed in on the summer of 2014 more than the season of 2013, which means expect little from this season. At best, the Lakers are a fringe playoff team who will be one-and-done. At worst, we are destined for one of the worst seasons in recent memory.

 

The Mavs have tried summer after summer after summer to land a marquee free agent, and time after time they’ve failed. First Deron Williams, then Chris Paul, then Dwight Howard. The list goes on and on as Mark Cuban fills the Mavs with one-year rentals and strikes out again and again. Now, the team is set up for another summer of big name chasing next year, but until then, they’ll be a mediocre team for yet another season.

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