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Dallas Mavericks updated depth chart heading into training camp

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith / Justin Ford/GettyImages
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The Dallas Mavericks are set to open training camp with media day on Sept. 26. They have a full 20-player roster as they look to build last season’s run to the conference finals. Luka Doncic will be the engine of the team’s offense, and the Mavs improved their frontcourt this summer by trading for Christian Wood and signing JaVale McGee.

It was a relatively quiet offseason for the Mavericks as Doncic’s max extension kicked in. His new deal pushed Dallas over the luxury tax line and limited their flexibility. The front office wanted to re-sign Jalen Brunson, but he departed in free agency and Dallas did not find a replacement ball-handler. Still, they upgraded their frontcourt and drafted the number two player coming out of high school, who slipped into the second round.

What does the Mavs depth chart look like heading into training camp? Here is a breakdown by position, including all 20 players currently on their roster.

Dallas Mavericks point guard depth chart heading into training camp

The Mavs have arguably the best point guard in the league on their roster, but there is plenty of uncertainty in this position whenever number 77 needs a rest.

Starter: Luka Doncic

Doncic expects to be in the MVP race this season, and the Mavericks are a 50-win team whenever he is healthy. The 23-year-old already has three first-team All-NBA honors, and a fourth would tie Dirk Nowitzki for the most in franchise history.

Backup: Frank Ntilikina

The Mavs plan on starting Spencer Dinwiddie next to Luka in the backcourt, but coach Kidd will likely stagger their minutes, so Dinwiddie is truly the backup point guard.

Ntilikina will be the primary playmaker whenever Doncic and Dinwiddie are both on the bench. He struggled in that role during his time in New York, but owner Mark Cuban is confident Ntilikina more than hold his own this season. The team’s third playmaker role is a massive question mark heading into training camp and it could decide their ceiling.

Non-guaranteed deal: McKinley Wright IV

Wright IV enters camp as the favorite for one of the team’s open positions on their 17-man roster because he is a point guard and primary ball-handler. The 23-year-old was outstanding in the G League last season, and he will be looking to earn his place by standing out during training camp.

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