Nowitzki-less Mavs off to great start

Mavs biggest surprise in the Western Conference (PER Diem: Nov. 6, 2012)

Originally Published: November 6, 2012
By John Hollinger |

Historically, the Dallas Mavericks' offense has gone completely off the rails any time Dirk Nowitzki is out. Over the past three seasons, they've been about eight points per 100 possessions worse once they subtract Nowitzki -- 9.1 last season, 10.1 the season before, 5.5 in 2009-10 and 6.6 in 2008-09.