Dallas Mavericks center depth chart heading into training camp
The Mavs used the majority of their mid-level exception to sign a new starting center this offseason, but it is the player they traded for that is the key to the team’s ceiling.
Starter: JaVale McGee
Head coach Jason Kidd named McGee the starting center before his contract was officially announced, but fans should only expect him to play around 20 minutes per game. Still, the seven-footer gives Dallas some needed rebounding and rim protection, while being an outstanding pick and roll partner for Luka Doncic.
Sixth Man: Christian Wood
Will Wood accept coming off the bench in a contract year? It is one of the biggest questions for the Mavs this season. The 6’10 forward averaged over 19 points per game during his two seasons in Houston, and he will need to step up his scoring and defense if Dallas plans on going on another deep playoff run.
Third-string: Dwight Powell
Powell is looking at a limited role this season, but expect him to play next to Wood or Kleber plenty. The 6’10 big man started 89 games last season, including the playoffs, so he will find playing time even in the team’s crowded frontcourt.
Non-guaranteed deal: Marcus Bingham Jr.
Bingham Jr. will play for the Legends in the G League this season. He is a developmental rookie big man that has an intriguing skill set, but he needs time to unlock his potential.
The Dallas Mavericks improved their depth this offseason, and they are hungry to go on another deep playoff run. Will they? Stay tuned to find out.