Dallas Mavericks best lineups for closing games: 1. Go-to
The preferred closing lineup features the Mavericks going small because it is the team’s best unit when considering both offense and defense.
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF: Reggie Bullock
PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Kristaps Porzingis
Luka and KP were no-brainers, but the other three needed to be narrow in on. Hardaway Jr. is the team’s third-best scorer, who can create his own shot. The Mavericks need that skill on the floor late in games. Bullock and Finney-Smith are the team’s two best perimeter defenders. If the other team goes small with four perimeter options, Dallas needs to counter with talent capable of stopping them. This unit allows the Mavs to switch on defense and mix things up on offense.
This could be the Mavericks starting lineup this season too. It will be interesting to see how coach Jason Kidd uses Kristaps Porzingis. The 7’3 Unicorn preferred playing the five in Carlisle’s system because he was more involved in the offense. Will that stick under Kidd or does KP shift back to the four to play alongside another traditional big man? It is one of the many questions heading into the season.
Expect Kidd to experiment early in the season, and land on the best closing lineup for the Dallas Mavericks. They will be a blast to watch this season, so do not miss a second of the action.