Dallas Mavericks starting lineup, rotation with Maxi Kleber back
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks finally had their entire roster healthy on Feb. 1. It took 21 games for that to happen. Kristaps Porzingis missed the start of the season recovering from offseason knee surgery. Just as he returned, the Mavericks were hit hard by COVID putting five players on the shelf for an extended stretch. Maxi Kleber returned on Monday night to give Dallas a healthy 17-man roster.
Luka Doncic has been on fire. He averaged a 28-point triple-double during his 15 games in January, but it has not translated to wins. The Mavericks have lost six straight and are 8-13 to being the 2020-2021 season.
How did the return of Maxi Kleber shake up the Mavs starting five and rotation? Will Mavs coach Rick Carlisle stick with these units? Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks starting lineup and rotation at full strength
Carlisle wasted no time inserting Kleber back into the starting five. He is one of the Mavericks’ best defenders and gives them more size in their opening unit. Kleber offers the best of both worlds for the Mavs. He can space the floor on the offensive end and gives them a significant defensive boost.
Kleber showed rust, but he helped the Mavericks his return. Expect him to stick in the starting five and continue to improve as he ramps up after missing three-plus weeks of action in the health and safety protocols.
Here is a look at the Dallas Mavericks current starting lineup and rotation before diving into what could change going forward.
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