Dallas Mavericks center depth chart after Kemba Walker signing
The Mavs have made the biggest changes here so far this season. JaVale McGee opened the year as the starter, but he quickly fell to third string because of his struggles on both ends of the floor. That meant Dwight Powell jumped back into the starting five.
Starter: Dwight Powell
Fans know what Powell brings at this point in his career. He is an outstanding pick-and-roll partner for Luka Doncic who struggles to rebound and protect the rim. Powell’s energy and effort are contagious, but he is far from the ideal starting center.
Backup: Christian Wood
Wood remains the key to the team’s success, but fans should not expect him to just suddenly play more. There are reasons why coach Kidd has not used him. The Mavs want more on the defensive end, and he is still earning the coaching staff’s trust. Wood needs to continue playing well if he wants to get more opportunities.
Third-string: JaVale McGee
McGee was the Mavericks' top free agent signing in the offseason, but it has been a bust thus far. The seven-footer has averaged just 8.6 minutes per game since being taken out of the starting lineup. The Mavs are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, and they struggle to protect the rim. Signing McGee made sense, but it has just not worked out.
The Dallas Mavericks added Kemba Walker, but they cannot be done if they want to make another deep playoff run. The front office must be aggressive in the trade market and find another upgrade like they did in adding Spencer Dinwiddie last season. Can they make it happen? Stay tuned to find out.