Filling out the Mavericks' perfect starting lineup around Luka Doncic

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Starting guard: Kyrie Irving

Another guaranteed starter is Kyrie Irving. The 8-time All-Star was traded to Dallas in February. The team obtained Irving, hoping he could form a dynamic duo with Luka Doncic.

While it did not pan out how Dallas had hoped, there was still plenty of optimism. In 20 games, Irving averaged 27 points while shooting 51 percent from the field.

Pairing him next to Luka could give the team a lethal backcourt. In their first game together last season, the duo merged for 55 points and 12 assists. The pair showed early signs that they can play together, but their play in the clutch at first was concerning.

There is hope the duo can coexist together. In a recent interview, Luka expressed his intent that things would be better for him and Irving. He also elaborated on how building chemistry takes time.

Luka and Irving did the work that was required of them last season. The problem was they struggled to get help. Players such as Grant Williams, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Josh Green, and Dereck Lively II should help make a difference. All four bring a defensive flair to the team.

As long as Dallas lets Irving and Luka cook, then there should be no reason the team can't succeed.

While coach Jason Kidd confirmed that Williams and Irving would be inserted into the starting lineup, we must wait to see what will happen at the small forward and center positions. They will be intriguing battles for the entirety of training camp, and we'll have you covered with all the latest.