As one of only two remaining members of the Dallas Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship team during the ’13-14 campaign, versatile forward Shawn Marion took on plenty of responsibilities last season.
Teaming with 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, Marion helped lead the Mavericks back to the playoffs following a 49-33 run through the 82-game schedule. Marion then saw the Mavs challenge the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs for seven games in their first-round playoff series, setting the stage for the four-time All-Star and defensive spark plug to be in demand when he entered free agency following five seasons in Dallas.
Despite turning 36 years old on May 7, the aging Marion showed that he still has plenty left in the tank during his 15th season, averaging 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in his 76 appearances. However, after Marion’s migration to the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason, the Mavs will now try to replace what the 6-foot-7 veteran provided at the defensive end on a nightly basis.