Originally Posted by TMacsOneGoodEye
Pretty much sums it up.
Nellie used Dirk as a gimmick. Avery used Dirk as a franchise player.
Unfortunately, Dirk turns into a pumpkin as soon as the clock strikes post-season. How is that Avery's fault? He made everyone take the Mavs seriously.
I agree. Avery has a more sound and structured system than Nellie had, and as a result, people take the Mavericks much more seriously than in the past. I'd go as far as saying that Avery utilized Dirk's skills much better than Nellie did.