Dallas Mavericks depth chart after flashy guard signing

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jason Kidd
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Dallas Mavericks shooting guard depth chart after flashy guard signing

The Mavs have some depth here, and there is a battle still going on for third string. Rookie Jaden Hardy played over Frank Ntilikina in both preseason games, but the veteran will likely get the first crack during the regular season.

Starter: Spencer Dinwiddie

Dinwiddie should play close to 30 minutes per game, and the Mavericks will need him to produce if they want to finish in the top four in the conference. He was fantastic after coming to Dallas last season and thrived playing next to Luka Doncic. The 6’5 guard should be even better in year two, and he remains a player to watch.

Backup: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway Jr. is back after suffering a season-ending foot injury in January. He did not play in their run to the conference finals, but THJ was the Mavs' second-best player in the 2021 playoffs when they pushed the LA Clippers to seven games in the opening round.

Hardaway Jr. will play an important scoring and floor-spacing role for the Mavericks this season. He struggled in coach Kidd’s system before his injury, and fans are wondering if he can bounce back. The team needs THJ to shoot over 38 percent from 3-point range and chip in 15 points per game, but will Hardaway Jr. deliver?

Third string: Frank Ntilikina

Ntilikina is a stout defender that will get chances in the team’s rotation. He was not able to seize the added ball-handling role during training camp, but the 6’4 guard is best suited as a defense-first option at this stage of his career. Can Ntilikina consistently knock down jumpers when he gets his chance to play? It is something to watch closely.

Reserve: Jaden Hardy

The rookie second-round pick has impressed during training camp, and he has the talent to push his way into the rotation. The 20-year-old will be inconsistent, but he can score from anywhere on the court and does not lack confidence. Expect Hardy to play spot minutes for the Mavs this season and get plenty of time in the G League with Texas Legends.