Dallas Mavericks: Why Justin Holiday is the role player the team needs

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Justin Holiday (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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4. Dallas Mavericks add versatility with Justin Holiday

Holiday is more than just a shooter. He brings a ton of versatility to any team. The 31-year-old can play two through four. This season with the Pacers, he saw the majority of his minutes as a small forward for the first time since 2016. Holiday has played 54 percent of his career time at shooting guard.

At 6’6, he is a switchable defender too. Holiday has spent most of his time guarding wings this season, but there are plenty of occasions where he switched to taking on the other team’s power forward. He has done well at stopping players like Jayson Tatum and Pascal Siakam.

Holiday’s versatility would be a massive boost for the Mavericks. They could play him in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic. The Mavericks may also use him at the four in a small ball lineup. Luka’s rebounding ability could make those units incredibly dangerous on both ends of the floor.

The Mavericks have a nice mix of role players right now. Adding Holiday gives them another piece to use in matching up against any opponent. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle could further show off his genius with Justin Holiday in Dallas.

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