Thing Dallas Mavericks need to fix after 1-2 start: 2. Rotation
Head coach Jason Kidd was flexible with his lineups and rotations last season until Dallas found what worked best. Kidd experimented throughout the regular season, but the Mavs got things locked in by the postseason and they reached the conference finals.
The biggest problem with the current rotation is that Christian Wood cannot play the final five minutes. He is still gaining the trust of the coaching staff, but the current minutes' pattern prevents it. Wood enters midway through the third quarter, and the Mavs want him on the floor when Luka Doncic rests for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, but he cannot play 18 straight minutes to close the game. Kidd can bring him on for the final three minutes or so right now after a short rest, but he is not ready to return after just one minute on the bench.
Wood has unquestionably been the team’s second-best player so far. He is averaging 24.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game. Wood gives the Mavs a legit second scorer that can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. Coach Kidd needs to find more playing time for the 6’10 big man.
Dallas must get more from JaVale McGee if he is going to stick in the starting lineup. They also need Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Tim Hardaway Jr. to start knocking down their 3-pointers, which is coming. Coach Kidd is still working on his rotation, and he will get things maximized by the time the postseason rolls around.