A fistful of statistical tidbits, furnished by ESPN Stats & Information, in advance of the Mavs' home date Wednesday night with Brooklyn and former Colony star Deron Williams on ESPN:
Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points per game since the All-Star break on 49.5 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from 3-point range. And his PER (player efficiency rating) since the break is up to 22.79. Before All-Star Weekend, Nowitzki averaged just 15.2 points per game on 42.3 percent shooting from the field and 38.8 percent shooting from the field after knee surgery cost him this season's first 27 games. Nowitzki's pre-break PER was 17.10.
Williams has also picked up his production since the All-Star break. The local product is averaging 23.4 points per game since the break compared to just 16.7 points per game before. Williams is also shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 46 percent on 3s since the break, contributing to a PER of 24.35 since All-Star Weekend. Before the break, D-Will shot just 41.3 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent on 3s, leading to a PER of 17.51. The league average for PER is 15.
Dallas' offensive efficiency has also improved dramatically since it was mired at 13-23, averaging 107.7 points per 100 possessions over the past 31 games compared to 99.6 points per possession in its first 36 games.
The Mavs play at the league's fifth-highest pace, averaging 96.81 possessions per 48 minutes. They also average a league-high 41.7 points per game from their bench and rank fourth in fast-break points at 16.9 per game. Rick Carlisle's 21 starting lineups, furthermore, rank No. 2 in the NBA this season.
O.J. Mayo is still Dallas' leading scorer, but he's averaging five fewer points per game since Nowitzki's return to the lineup Dec. 30. Mayo averaged 19.8 points on 14.6 shots per game while Dirk was recovering and is at 14.8 points and 12.3 shots per game in the 40 games since. Mayo's field-goal percentage (.463) and 3-point percentage (.418) for the season, however, continue to be career bests.