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Dallas Mavericks: What does rotation look like with Goran Dragic?

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Who fills the bench minutes after Goran Dragic for the Dallas Mavericks?

Luka Doncic should lead the team in minutes next season playing around 35 a night. Assuming everyone is healthy, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Tim Hardaway Jr. should all be in the 28 to 30 minutes per game range. Dragic figures to be next playing 25 to 27 a night.

Assuming head coach Jason Kidd uses a ten-man rotation, Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson should be the next two highest minute-earners with over 20 per game. Kleber will start some nights because of his ability to defend in the paint and on the perimeter. The 6’10 big man is going to be a key piece for the Mavericks in certain matchups, and he can knock down shots at a high clip. Brunson finished fourth in the Sixth Man of the Year balloting last season and should be ready to take another step forward this season. The Mavs need his ball-handling and playmaking to complement Dragic in the second unit.

The final two rotation spots are likely reserved for Sterling Brown and the backup center. Dwight Powell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, and Moses Brown will battle for that position during training camp. Sterling Brown gives them another shooter and perimeter defender off the bench with the backup five likely to be a revolving door depending on the matchup.