Dallas Mavericks starting lineup: A look at each starter’s role
The Dallas Mavericks were not content with qualifying for the playoffs in 2020. They want to become title contenders and have enacted an offseason plan to reach that goal. The Mavs targeted weaknesses and attempted to put a cast of complementary players around superstar Luka Doncic.
They improved their defense by acquiring Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, Josh Green, and Tyler Bey. Dallas also drafted one of the best shooters in Tyrell Terry before re-signing Trey Burke, Willie Cauley-Stein, and J.J. Barea. The Mavericks expect to be tougher, more physical, feature more playmaking, and be a better defensive team this season.
Dallas plans on carrying 16 guaranteed contracts into training camp before making the final cut just before the start of the regular season. With the roster virtually set, who will be in the Mavs starting five?
Who starts for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2020-2021 season?
The important caveat in this discussion is Kristaps Porzingis. He tore his meniscus during the Mavs playoff series, which required surgery this offseason. The Unicorn will be on the sidelines to start the regular season. Hopefully, he is back in January, but let us exclude him for now. This will be a look at the opening night starting five.
The locked-in every night starters are Luka, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Josh Richardson. The other two spots will change based on matchups, especially with Porzingis out.
What role will the five opening-night starters play? How will they impact the Dallas Mavericks rotations? Let us take a closer look.