The Dallas Mavericks starting lineup is starting to clear up, meaning that the first five off the bench are easier to predict at this point. In reality, it doesn’t matter who it is, this bench is going to score a lot.
There are a number of really solid players on the Dallas Mavericks roster. They may not be the best team in the league, they may not be the deepest team in the league, but make no mistake, this Mavs team is well put-together and will cause a lot of problems for opposing coaches trying to create a rotation to combat the Mavs.
As of now, Dallas will likely roll out a starting lineup of Delon Wright, Luka Doncic, Justin Jackson, Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell. There is a chance that we see Dorian Finney-Smith in place of Jackson and we may see Maxi Kleber in for Powell on some occasions, but for the most part, the first five listed will be the more regular starters for the Mavericks.
This leaves the Mavs with a first off the bench unit of J.J. Barea, Seth Curry, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber, along with some guys that will crack that second five on occasion in Jalen Brunson and Boban Marjanovic. Between these 7 guys, the Mavs have a really good shot of being a dangerous team off the bench.
Barea would be the court general for that unit, running the offense, getting people involved and getting things done whenever needed. This has been his role on the team for awhile and it is an area he has excelled in. His assist numbers have been way up, but he is still scoring the ball as well as ever. Hopefully that continues this year, coming off the achilles injury.
Seth Curry is going to be a key part of this team going forward. The Mavs paid good money to get him back and the plan is for him to be firing it up from three-point range each and every game. Curry is obviously a shooter first and foremost, but his game is really evolving with better defense, better attacking and better overall intensity and awareness.
Tim Hardaway Jr. came to Dallas in the trade with New York last year and he had an interesting first year. He is not a bad player, but is getting paid a lot of money which has hurt his reputation in Dallas and across the league. In reality, he is a really good scorer and will help that second unit out a ton getting the ball through the hoop. His recovery from injury will be evident this season as I expect him to grow from last year.
Finney-Smith is improving on offense, but will really add a nice defensive presence on the court with that second unit (if that is where he ends up playing). Dorian’s three ball has looked a little bit better so far this preseason and the hope is definitely for him to be an above average shooter for this team. His attack of the offensive glass is always a fun part of the game too.
Lastly, Kleber provides all the energy you could imagine from a big man. His scoring has gotten better, his rebounding has gotten better, his defense has gotten better, it’s no secret why the Mavs decided to pay good money for Kleber this summer.
The Mavs are also fortunate enough to have three other guys that could very well be in the rotation if needed. Jalen Brunson will absolutely get court time almost every night. He has grown incredibly and will be the Mavs go to backup point guard by next season. Marjanovic is big and can’t matchup well against everyone, but can also be used as a powerhouse if needed. Ryan Broekhoff is a great shooter that is just waiting for his opportunity.
This Mavs team is going to have a great bench and they are going to score a lot of points for this team in the upcoming season. Don’t be surprised to see Dallas in the top five in the league for bench scoring this year. There are just so many good players on this team.