Our roundtable moves on and is tasked with decided what the most memorable part of this season will be looking back in five years. Unsurprisingly, Rondo is a central theme here, but there's a couple other interesting answers, too.
What will this Mavericks season be remembered for?
Andrew Kreighbaum (@kreighbaum): Observers outside Dallas will remember it for the disastrous Rondo trade and the accompanying drama. Dallas fans can remember it for the brilliant offensive efficiency in the first half of the season, Dirk's incredibly fun -- and likely last -- All-Star appearance and the way a depleted Mavs squad gutted out several close games against Houston with several vintage Nowitzki performances. Depending on how Mark Cuban decides to approach the summer, this season could be remembered as a turning point for the franchise as well.
Tim Cato (@tim_cato):
Hal Brown (@HalBrownNBA): Rondo.
Bailey Rogers (@BRogers789): Someone else will go with the obvious answer (Rondo), so I'll offer something else just to be different. I think this season may be remembered for the beginning of the end of Dirk. The big German has given every indication he plans to play out the final two years of his contract, then it sounds like he will retire. After a fantastic season last year, Dirk clearly took a step back this year. His rebounding was the worst its been since his rookie season (5.9 a game), and his scoring was tied with the injury-marred 2012-13 season with worst since his rookie year also. And his defense is ... well let's just not talk about it.
And now it's being tossed around that he might even consider coming off the bench. So in a few years, when people look back at the 2014-15 season, maybe instead of remembering Rondopocalypse, they will instead remember it instead as the start of Dirk's ride off into the sunset.
Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace): The Rajon Rondo debacle and what could have been. What's unfortunate is the first 20 game for the Mavericks were absurdly easy in terms of schedule strength. Rondo trade or no, the Mavericks weren't going to make much noise with the roster as assembled. It was a gamble. They lost. That's the risk.