Dallas Mavericks updated starting lineup, depth chart after Justin Holiday signing
Dallas Mavericks updated shooting guard depth chart with Justin Holiday
The Mavs have a ton of interchangeable players at the next three positions by design. They are going to throw out four wings and try to create mismatches all over the floor. Dallas would like to play big men off the floor and force the opposition to try to defeat the Mavericks at their own game.
Starter: Kyrie Irving
Dallas is 2-2 in their first four games with Kyrie Irving, but there have been plenty of positive takeaways. The eight-time All-Star has improved the team’s pace and made their offense more dynamic. The Mavericks are still figuring things out, but they have a chance to be scary come playoff time.
Sixth man: Reggie Bullock
Bullock could replace Tim Hardaway Jr. in the starting five if Dallas decides to go defense for offense. Either way one should start and the other should play the most minutes off the bench. Bullock has played 33 or more minutes in seven straight games.
Third-string: Jaden Hardy
Hardy will not be a nightly part of the rotation in the playoffs, but he adds a different dimension for the Mavericks. The 20-year-old can flat-out get buckets, and he never lacks confidence. The rookie second-round pick has been impressive in year one.
Bench depth: Frank Ntilikina
Head coach Jason Kidd has been experimenting with his rotations since the Kyrie Irving trade, and Ntilikina has played in back-to-back games. He plays strong perimeter defense, but his offensive game will keep him out of the rotation in the playoffs.