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Examining Dallas Mavericks depth chart after Kristaps Porzingis trade to Wizards

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks depth chart following Kristaps Porzingis trade

Luka Doncic and Dorian Finney-Smith are likely to be the Mavs top minutes’ getters moving forward with both pushing 35 per game. Jalen Brunson and Reggie Bullock will continue to start as the team goes small. Here is a look at their position groups following the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Dallas Mavericks guards

Starter: Luka Doncic

Starter: Jalen Brunson

Sixth man: Spencer Dinwiddie

Depth: Trey Burke

Luka, JB, and Dinwiddie will handle nearly all of the team’s minutes in the backcourt when healthy. Head coach Jason Kidd will have two ball-handlers on the floor at all times as they look to improve their offense.

Dallas Mavericks wings

Starter: Dorian Finney-Smith

Starter: Reggie Bullock

Rotation: Josh Green

Rotation: Sterling Brown

Depth: Frank Ntilikina

Injured: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had surgery on his foot and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. It is a competition for minutes between Green, Brown, and Ntilikina. The second-year wing has passed the other two in the rotation recently and looks to be the favorite for 15-20 minutes per game.

Finney-Smith and Bullock will each play 30-plus and be key to the team’s offense as floor spacers.

Dallas Mavericks big men

Starter: Dwight Powell

Rotation: Maxi Kleber

Third-string: Marquese Chriss

Depth: Davis Bertans

Depth: Boban Marjanovic

The Mavs could opt to play Kleber or Bertans at the four next to Powell and/or Chriss, especially if they match up against a team with size. Expect Kleber to play the most postseason minutes of this group as Dallas attempts to play small ball. They will need to have everyone committed to rebounding as they downsize.

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The Dallas Mavericks did improve their depth by trading Kristaps Porzingis, but they took a short-term step backward. They will attempt to build a title contender around Luka Doncic over the next two summers, so expect more changes in the offseason. 

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