Dallas Mavericks: How Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should fit into the rotation
By Tyler Watts
How he earns more
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could receive additional playing in three scenarios.
The first would be against a team that is playing small. The Houston Rockets are a perfect example. The Mavericks could elect to match up with Finney-Smith or MKG at the five and four guards/wings around them. That earns the 26-year-old a few additional minutes.
The second would be the obvious someone is missing time. Kidd-Gilchrist could be asked to step in for Finney-Smith, Kleber, or Porzingis depending on the matchup.
The final scenario would be to matchup against a star. The Mavericks have DFS to fill that role, but teams with two stud wings like the Clippers could create more run for MKG. Matching up each man on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George could help Dallas solve their issues against LA.
Kidd-Gilchrist may receive a few DNP-CD’s down the stretch too. Fans should not be surprised. He is a match ups option just like Willie Cauley-Stein. Some nights it behooves the Mavs to play a defensive-minded four, but other they need a different fit.
It will certainly be interesting to see how much Coach Carlisle plays Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The 26-year-old could thrive in Dallas. They have transformed Finney-Smith and Hardaway Jr. into respectable 3-point shooters, will they do the same with MKG? Stay tuned to see how it all develops.