Dallas Mavericks starting five following Kristaps Porzingis trade
Spencer Dinwiddie has started every game he has played in this season but has come off the bench for roughly half his career. Will he start for the Mavericks? Head coach Jason Kidd has to choose between Jalen Brunson and Dinwiddie in the starting five. Given Brunson’s play this season, expect him to stick in the starting five with Dinwiddie coming off the bench.
The Mavs needed another ball-handler and creator. They want to have two players that can initiate the offense on the floor at all times, so expect Luka Doncic, Brunson, and Dinwiddie to all play significant minutes, regardless of who starts or comes off the bench.
The Mavericks have won four straight games since shifting to a starting five of Doncic, Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Dwight Powell. Expect coach Kidd to stick with that group in the short-term with Maxi Kleber likely replacing Powell in the team’s postseason starting lineup.
The Mavericks head coach will experiment with his rotation when Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans are ready to play. Kidd is going to search for pairings that bring the best out in each other, but here is a look at what to expect from the team’s newest additions.