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Dallas Mavericks: 5 players that will dictate playoff success

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Maxi Kleber
Dallas Mavericks Maxi Kleber Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks player that will dictate playoff success: 5. Maxi Kleber

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will have some difficult decisions to make with his rotation throughout the postseason. When healthy, Dallas has ten players that deserve minutes in every game. If Carlisle decides to shorten the rotation in the playoffs, one of those players will be dropped. He has fluidity and flexibility with his lineup, which is just what he wants.

Expect Kleber to draw plenty of minutes, regardless of his status in the starting five. The Mavericks will need his defense against the many elite forwards in the Western Conference. Kleber’s presence on the floor allows Dallas to switch. He can protect the rim and defend on the perimeter, a key skillset that the Mavs need.

The 6’10 big man is leading the team in 3-point percentage this season. He has connected on 41.0 percent of his 212 attempts. The opposition will sell out to stop Luka Doncic in the playoffs. Dallas will need the role players knocking down shots and spacing the floor for the team to make a run.

Maxi Kleber will be crucial for the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs. If he is defending well and sinking open shots, the team will be tough to defeat.

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