Over the last two seasons, you could argue that the two elite teams which depended most on their respective best players have been the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls. With neither Derrick Rose nor Dirk Nowitzki playing yet this season, which team misses its stud more now?
The biggest reason that Nowitzki and Rose are so critical to their teams is that they have been the most important players on their teams offensively. While both teams have had solid supporting casts, neither team has had that second superstar to help carry the load.
Last year it's hard to argue with the importance of Dirk Nowitzki for the Mavs offense, as Dallas scored 8.8 more points per 100 possessions while Nowitzki was on the court. The Mavericks shot 4.8 percent better from the field, and in large part that was because Nowitzki is one of the best pure shooters in the game.
By comparison the Bulls were 5.5 points better while Rose was on the court and shot three percent better as a team.
Defensively the Mavericks were 3.8 points better while while Dirk was on the court, and the Bulls were actually 3.1 points worse while Rose ...
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