After being unable to persuade free agent Deron Williams to come home this offseason, owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs took a different approach to building their roster around Nowitzki — even if just for this season. They have a bunch of players with one-year deals while keeping financial flexibility for next summer.
Part of that money may go to some of the players they already have if they keep playing like this.
"Mark didn't just bring in new pieces. He brought in guys who can play," Collison said. "O.J. had a lot of experience in Memphis. Elton Brand is an experienced veteran guy who can guy. Chris Kaman, you guys know about Chris Kaman and his experience. I had the chance to get playoff exposure in Indiana too.
"Even though me and O.J. are young, we had a lot of exposure coming into the season. We all know how to play off each other."
In their home opener Saturday night against Charlotte, after splitting road games against the Lakers and Utah, the Mavs were 61.3 percent (49 of 80) from the field — the team's best shooting effort in three years. They bettered that against Portland, shooting 61.5 percent (48 of 78).
"I think everybody is playing unselfish, moving the ball. We have a lot of good shooters. We have some of the best pick-and-pop bigs," Collison said. "It's only going to be better when Dirk gets back."
Mayo spent the first four seasons of his career in Memphis, where as a rookie in 2008-09 he had consecutive 30-point games three different times. Before his home debut in Dallas, the third overall pick from the 2008 draft hadn't had a 30-point game since November 2009 and was 7-for-22 shooting in his first two games with the Mavericks.
At home with Dallas, he's made 22 of 35 shots (63 percent) including 13 of 18 on 3-pointers.
"I've been putting in a lot of work," said Mayo, who after starting every game his first two seasons became Memphis' primary sixth man. "Just trust what I do, and do what I trust."