Since their collapse in the 2006 NBA Finals, the Mavericks have won one playoff series. After last spring's first-round loss to the San Antonio Spurs, another 55-win regular season amounted to nil.
And now, another off-season has prompted not another re-tooling but another re-booting.
With Brendan Haywood and Tyson Chandler, the Mavs have their best big-man tandem in franchise history. But is the tweaking enough to close the gap on the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers?
Or, for that matter, merely a berth in the second round?
Think we're better?
Point Guard: Jason Kidd/ Roddy Beaubois/ J.J. Barea
Shooting Guard: Jason Terry/ Dominique Jones
Small Forward: Caron Butler/ Shawn Marion
Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki/ Tim Thomas
Center: Brendan Haywood/ Tyson Chandler