Starting forward: Grant Williams
One confirmed starter for the Mavs is Grant Williams. The newcomer is a four-year veteran who brings various skills to the team.
In college, he had a fulfilling resume that included being named SEC Player of the Year twice while being named to the All-American Team. Williams' time in the NBA has yet to resemble his college years. However, he is still a valuable role player.
During his time in Boston, Williams became a primary role player who was known for his work on the defensive side. In the 2023 Playoffs, he was the one player being called upon to guard players like Jimmy Butler.
Inserting him into the starting lineup would make up for losing Dorian Finney-Smith.
Williams is a bigger guy who can use his body to defend bigger players down low. He also has a high IQ and can use his hands to cause problems.
Last year, he had one of his best seasons, averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. He also shot 39.5 percent from the three. He dropped in 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds as a starter last season.
If Williams continues to grow, then Dallas' defense will get better. It is time for Williams to show Mavs fans what he can do.