Absurd lineup Dallas Mavericks should try in the 2022-23 season: 2. Ultra-small
The Mavs never fully embraced playing Finney-Smith at center last season, but the 6’7 forward can do it. Head coach Jason Kidd tried it, but Doe-Doe never got a lengthy look at the units with him as an undersized five. If Dallas wants to go five out and switch everything, they could push this lineup to the limit by going super small.
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Spencer Dinwiddie
SF: Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF: Reggie Bullock
C: Dorian Finney-Smith
Dinwiddie is projected to start in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic, so Dallas has two ball-handlers on the floor. THJ, Bullock, and Doe-Doe can space the floor and will shoot over 38 percent from 3-point range this season. This unit would allow number 77 to pick his matchups and would help Dallas exploit any team that is not willing to go small.
Rebounding and rim protection are issues with this group, but Luka will be unstoppable when Dallas has the ball. Finney-Smith and Bullock provide the perimeter defense with Doncic matching up against the opposition's center. Dinwiddie and Hardaway Jr. should be on shooters to make the Mavs defense passable.
The Dallas Mavericks need each player to knock down open shots, and they will do just that as the team finds its identity in the new season. This group could be deadly in the playoffs, and fans know coach Kidd is excited to experiment with it down the stretch.