The Mavericks didn't get much love from a recent mid-season award article written by seven writers. Despite having one of the best records in the league, only head coach Rick Carlisle received recognition from the panel. Pro basketball writer Britt Robson was the lone scribe to award Coach of the Year to Carlisle. "Carlisle quickly transformed a post-lockout team that wasn't physically or mentally prepared to defend its crown into a top five defensive unit," Robson write. "He's also used his bench effectively to protect his aging roster and compensate for wretched starts by Dirk Nowitzki, Lamar Odom and Jason Kidd."