Dallas Mavericks starting lineup for Jason Kidd to consider: 2. More playmaking
Point guard: Luka Doncic
Shooting guard: Jalen Brunson
Small forward: Reggie Bullock
Power forward: Maxi Kleber
Center: Kristaps Porzingis
Starting Jalen Brunson next to Luka Doncic would help keep the Mavericks superstar fresh and healthy. Doncic can operate less with the ball in his hands. He led the league in time of possession last season, but Luka wore down late. His 34.9 percent shooting from the field in the fourth quarters of the Mavs playoff series was by far his worst mark. Doncic can make clutch shots, and starting Brunson should help him have the energy to do just that.
Brunson has shown flashes of being a great player, but for Dallas to consider him an option to be a starter, he needs to be more consistent. Even with his struggles in the playoffs against the Clippers, he is primed for a breakout season with free agency looming.
Head coach Jason Kidd starts Maxi Kleber next to Kristaps Porzingis in the frontcourt here because of his defense. Reggie Bullock will be the lineup’s top defender, but the Mavs can use Kleber on the perimeter here in certain matchups. Kleber’s defense is important to the success of the unit.