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Dallas Mavericks: Position battles heading into training camp

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Dallas Mavericks position battle heading into training camp: 1. Fifth starter

The biggest unknown is where Kristaps Porzingis lands in the starting five. There will be multiple position battles around coach Jason Kidd’s decision.

Does he see the Unicorn as a center for the entire regular season? Kidd was an assistant for the Lakers the two years where they used Anthony Davis at the four for the majority of the regular season before shifting to playing smaller in the playoffs. Will the Hall of Fame point guard carry that over to Dallas?

If he does, how many minutes does another big man share the court with KP? Will Dallas squeeze their wings to give 25-plus minutes to both Maxi Kleber and the winner of the center battle between Dwight Powell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, and Moses Brown? There would be more hotly contested battles for playing time if that is the case.

The Dallas Mavericks’ best lineup features Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, and Reggie Bullock. How often will coach Kidd use it during the regular season? It is one of the many storylines to follow as training camp approaches.

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Having a new coach and a few additions gives fans more reasons to be watching closely as the build-up to the regular season begins on Sept. 28. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks this year.