A Non-Luka Lineup
As much as we would prefer to see Luka Doncic play all 48 minutes, he is going to need a breather here and there and he may even require a game off every once and awhile to recuperate. When Luka is not on the court, the Mavs need a lineup that can be effective. I think that a good one would consist of Delon Wright, Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson, Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell.
This lineup would have a bunch of good things going for it. For one, it would have KP as the main scoring option. This will be familiar territory for Porzingis and he will thrive in this role. He will also have Wright passing him the ball. Wright has proven to be a solid distributor and can help create offense for his teammates.
Jalen Brunson will be a good secondary ball-handler as well as just an all-around great presence on the court. He can shoot, drive, defend and do whatever coach needs from him out there. Justin Jackson offers good defense and a lot of energy, but I also think he is going to be a really good catch-and-shoot option for Dallas this year. He will be the extra pass that KP makes if needed.
Lastly, we have Dwight Powell. I am excited to see Dwight and Porzingis on the court together, I think they will be able to work well off of each other with each guy capable of stretching the floor a little as well as attacking the basket. A high-low offense around those two could be an option when the Mavs aren’t carving people up with their pick-and-roll.
This lineup would offer solid defense and enough offensive options to make it interesting. I am not sure that they would ever try this lineup out, but these five together could be very interesting and successful if the opportunity does arise.
All three of these lineups are going to be a little different from some of the norms we have seen from Carlisle’s scheme, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see them. With an open mind set from the Mavs about lineup fluidity, this could be a very interesting season.