Why the Dallas Mavericks will win first playoff series since 2011: 5. Depth
The Mavs held 2-0 and 3-2 series leads over the LA Clippers in last year’s playoffs, but they could not close things out. Clippers coach Tyronn Lue continued to tinker and make adjustments throughout the series, but his main one was LA going small.
Dallas couldn’t counter, and it forced former Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle to play four of his five starters 39-plus minutes in the decisive game seven.
The additions of Spencer Dinwiddie, Reggie Bullock, Davis Bertans, Sterling Brown, and Frank Ntilikina have turned a weakness into a strength for the Mavericks. Not only does Dallas have additional depth, but they have different pieces to be able to make adjustments throughout a playoff series. Coach Jason Kidd can close games going small or big. He has the option to use three ball-handlers or play more defensive with multiple wings. There are combinations to try out in each series that were just not available last year.
Depth will also help the Mavericks if an injury strikes in the postseason. They have replacements available that can step up and fill in admirably. It will take more than depth to win a playoff series, but it is going to help them have success no matter the opponent this postseason.