Ranking Dallas Mavericks roster from most to least likely to stay: Useful but expendable
These three players are more of a luxury but will play key roles. The Mavs need 3-and-D wings to win the postseason, but these pieces are not required. All three have unique skill sets that make them valuable and change the calculus of how the team plays when they are on the floor.
9. Christian Wood
The newcomer clocks in at nine in part because the Mavericks just acquired him. They will not know how Wood fits until they see it on the court. The front office likes his offensive skill set and rebounding ability. Wood can space the floor, roll to the rim, and get buckets while pulling in ten boards every night.
His fit next to Luka Doncic and his defense will determine which way Christian Wood goes on this list. He has the talent to become a necessary piece, but if he does not fit, the 27-year-old big man could be traded out of Dallas before next season’s deadline.
8. Maxi Kleber
Having a 6’10 big man that can spread the floor, defend on the perimeter, and protect the rim gives head coach Jason Kidd a ton of flexibility. Kleber has a unique skill set, but he is 30 years old and unable to handle a massive workload.
7. Spencer Dinwiddie
The Mavs need ball-handling and shooting around Luka Doncic. Dinwiddie played well since arriving in Dallas at the deadline, but the front office would not think twice about trading him if another star player became available.