Glaring hole in Dallas Mavericks roster heading into offseason: 5. Depth
The Mavs made an incredible run to the conference finals with just six rotation players that head coach Jason Kidd trusted. Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith were two of the top three in minutes played this postseason heading into the NBA Finals, and they led the league in distance traveled.
Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson also topped 35 minutes per game, and those massive workloads caught up to Dallas against the Warriors. They played virtually every other day for over a month straight, and the fatigue showed in the conference finals.
Only seven players took the court in all 18 postseason games for Dallas. Luka missed the first three dealing with a calf strain. Bullock, Finney-Smith, and Brunson joined Spencer Dinwiddie, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Davis Bertans in the team’s nightly rotation. Kleber and Dinwiddie each played over 25 minutes per game with the other two averaging under 14 a night.
The final place in the team’s rotation went back and forth between Frank Ntilikina and Josh Green, but head coach Jason Kidd would have preferred another option to turn to on the wing as both are limited players, but it was far from the Mavs' biggest weakness.