Dallas Mavericks updated starting lineup, depth chart after Justin Holiday signing

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks updated center depth chart with Justin Holiday

Since acquiring Kyrie Irving, the Mavs have embraced playing small with primarily one big man on the floor. That leaves these four players fighting for minutes, and fans know Maxi Kleber is going to take some when he returns from his injury.

Starter: Dwight Powell

Powell will continue to start and play ten to 20 minutes per game. The team likes his energy and ability as a roll man. Luka Doncic loves to run spread pick and roll, and Powell is his preferred partner in the dance.

Backup: Christian Wood

Wood is a unique offensive player, but his minutes have been down following the trade. He missed eight games with a wrist injury and came back just after the deal was done. Wood has been a bit slow to get his feet under him, and he is averaging just 17.6 minutes per over those five contests. C-Wood is the backup center at this point, and Kyrie has taken some of his shot attempts.

Third-string: JaVale McGee

The trade gave McGee another opportunity in the rotation, and he has made an impact. He will not be starting or playing more than 20 minutes in a game, but McGee can protect the rim and be a lob target. He is a talented third center at this point.

Bench depth: Markieff Morris

Morris came over from Brooklyn in the Kyrie Irving trade, and he is currently working his way into game shape. Expect Morris to get some minutes after the All-Star break, and he could factor into the team’s big-man rotation in the playoffs with some strong performances.

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The Dallas Mavericks rotation and depth chart is still evolving. Head coach Jason Kidd is trying different combinations and rotations to see what works. He will continue to do that down the stretch and into the playoffs as the Mavs look to make another deep run. Stay tuned.