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Chandler Parsons is eager to show his versatility for Mavs this season

Prior to ever taking the court for an official practice with his new team, Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons had already began to turn heads during offseason workouts.

Joining the Mavericks this summer during free agency after signing a reported three-year deal worth $46 million, Parsons knew he would have to take another step in his budding career following three seasons with the Houston Rockets. So, after not making the final cut for the USA Basketball National Team that competed in the FIBA World Cup, Parsons immediately traveled back to Dallas and began working on his game in anticipation for the upcoming season.

In the process, Parsons quickly earned the respect of his veteran teammates, who see the 25-year-old’s talent and versatility boosting the Mavs at both ends of the floor.

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Mavs look to hit the ground running when training camp commences Tuesday

Despite adding a cast of new characters this summer, the Dallas Mavericks expect to hit the ground running this upcoming season with a strong first day of training camp on Tuesday.

Starting the jelling process already this summer during offseason workouts, the new-look Mavericks don’t expect to have a rocky start to the season when it tips off Oct. 28 against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. With that said, the Mavs are also well aware that it will take plenty of chemistry in order for the team to accomplish its ultimate goal of seizing the championship at season’s end.

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Rick Carlisle says Mavs will rely on grit, toughness in ’14-15

Despite leading his team through the 2013-14 schedule with a 49-33 record and returning the franchise to the playoffs for a 13th time in the last 14 years, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle enters this season with loftier aspirations.

Looking to build on last season’s success, Carlisle hopes to see this year’s squad exhibit the same grit and toughness that was on display when the Mavericks pushed the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. But, with a new-look team to engineer, Carlisle also admits that it will be a continuous process formulating that collective will while striving to recapture the title once training camp commences next Tuesday.

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Mavs to take strength-in-numbers approach to filling Shawn Marion’s void

For each of the past five seasons there was no question who the Dallas Mavericks would turn to on the defensive end of the floor to help engineer one final stop with the game on the line.

Leaning on four-time All-Star Shawn Marion, the Mavericks had the luxury of turning to their lockdown defender to help shut down the likes of four-time MVP LeBron James and reigning MVP Kevin Durant at the small forward position. Marion’s defensive prowess also allowed Mavs coach Rick Carlisle to utilize cross matchups while sliding the 6-foot-7 versatile forward onto smaller guards when needing a key stop.

However, with Marion signing in Cleveland this summer during free agency, Carlisle and the Mavericks will now have to look elsewhere for reliable perimeter defense, hoping that newcomers Chandler Parsons, Al-Farouq Aminu and Richard Jefferson can all help fill the void.

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Mavs’ analytical approach to upgrading roster sets team up for success this season

According to the Dallas Mavericks, it’s not rocket science why the team will be better this upcoming season. It’s just simple math.

Using a bevy of offseason moves to add talent to their roster, the Mavericks now believe that they’ll enter the 2014-15 campaign better than they were while pushing the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games during the first round of last season’s playoffs. The analytics also say the Mavericks are poised to see much more success this season, according to coach Rick Carlisle, as the team hopes that the reacquisition of center Tyson Chandler and several other upgrades to the roster lead to a much longer playoff run.

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New-look Mavs emphasize chemistry, depth, defense entering training camp

After unveiling a new design for their 2015-16 alternative uniforms, the Dallas Mavericks also introduced their new-look team to the fan base for the first time.

Looking to build on last season’s success after pushing the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs, the Mavericks turned the page while introducing summer acquisitions Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton, Greg Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu on Tuesday. In doing so, the Mavericks also set the stage for the beginning of the ’14-15 season, establishing an identity already by preaching chemistry and defense prior to the beginning of training camp on Sept. 30.

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Mavs hope to surprise skeptics yet again this season

Boosted by their offseason additions and summer moves, the Dallas Mavericks hope to prove their critics wrong this upcoming season while trying to regain the NBA title.

Looking to build on the momentum of last season after pushing the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs, the Mavericks will try to reemerge as contenders in the championship chase. But, after another roster shakeup, the Mavs will still enter the 2014-15 campaign with the same skepticism that fueled last season’s squad that finished with the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture following a 49-33 record.

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Mavs will attempt to foster young talent while competing now

With 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki turning 36 years old this summer and entering free agency, the Mavericks’ brass understood it was time to surround the franchise’s superstar with young legs capable of stepping in and contributing right away. But, after pushing the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs, the Mavs had hard decisions on their hands as well with both veteran leaders Shawn Marion, 36, and Vince Carter, 37, hitting the open market on July 1.

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Mavs teammates hope to mimic Dirk Nowitzki’s tireless work ethic

While he’s still cementing his all-time place in NBA lore, 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki showed last season that he’s far from done playing at a high level.

Missing 29 games during the 2012-13 season following arthroscopic knee surgery, Nowitzki worked tirelessly to regain his All-Star form while trying to get the Dallas Mavericks back into the playoffs. The result was a 12th All-Star appearance last season for the ageless veteran as he once again led the Mavericks to the postseason for a 13th time in the last 14 years.

Re-signing with the Mavs this summer and reportedly taking a massive pay cut to help the organization add talent around him, Nowitzki hopes to again lead the franchise back to the promise land. But, as his teammates will tell you, this year’s team will ultimately only be successful if the other players on the roster can match Nowitzki’s work ethic.

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