The Dallas Mavericks needed to make a change. They have lost four straight games and have a glaring hole in their roster. Dallas cannot afford to waste one of Luka Doncic's prime seasons. The 23-year-old superstar is in the running for MVP, but he simply does not have enough help around him right now.
Their biggest area of need was ball handlers and playmakers. Luka was forced to do everything because Spencer Dinwiddie was the only other option on the roster. The Mavs signed Facundo Campazzo just before the season, but he could not crack their rotation. Dallas reached the conference finals last season by using two playmakers on the floor at nearly all times, but after the departure of Jalen Brunson, they only had two on their roster.
Marc Stein broke the news (subscription required) that the Mavericks were signing Kemba Walker to boost their playmaking. How will the four-time All-Star impact the team’s depth chart? Here is a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks point guard depth chart after signing Kemba Walker
The Mavs will continue to start Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie in the backcourt with Kemba Walker coming on to run the second unit when he is ready. It could take a few games to get him signed and integrated into the system, but expect him to play more than Facundo Campazzo, who was released to sign Kemba.
Starter: Luka Doncic
Doncic leads the league in scoring and time of possession this season. The Mavs have asked him to take on a massive workload, and head coach Jason Kidd has been clear that he wants to reduce it. Dallas just did not have another guard option to turn to before signing Walker.
Backup: Kemba Walker
The Mavs offered Walker a max contract when he was a free agent in 2019, but the four-time All-Star decided to sign with the Celtics. He has struggled with injuries and to regain his All-Star form since.
Fans should not expect too much here. Kemba was sent home by the Knicks last season, and no team signed him this offseason. The six-foot guard will get a chance to crack the Mavs rotation, but at best, he will play 20 to 25 minutes per game.
Walker does provide some additional scoring punch and playmaking off the bench. He can get downhill and attack the rim. Kemba gives Dallas another option that is more than just a catch-and-shoot player on offense.