Mavericks updated starting lineup, depth chart after Kyrie Irving trade
The Dallas Mavericks made a shocking trade on Sunday afternoon when they acquired Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris from the Brooklyn Nets. It cost them two starters, their 2029 first-round pick, and two second-round picks, but Dallas has the second star they coveted to play with Luka Doncic.
The Mavs did not have a ton of depth, to begin with, and they traded two starters to get one. This deal was all about acquiring Kyrie, who is one of the most talented players in the NBA, but Dallas needs to make additional moves if they want to contend for a championship.
How did trading for Irving impact the team’s depth chart and starting five? Irving replaces Spencer Dinwiddie, but who takes Dorian Finney-Smith’s place in the opening group? Here is a look at how the Mavericks fill that role, and why they will be forced to play small with their current roster.
Dallas Mavericks updated starting lineup with Kyrie Irving
Dallas has two All-Star starters locked in stone, but the Mavs could go in multiple different directions with their starting five from there. Reggie Bullock, Josh Green, Dwight Powell, Christian Wood, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all have cases to start next to the Mavericks' superstar duo. The Mavs need to balance their offense and defense, and fans know head coach Jason Kidd prefers a traditional center in his opening lineup.
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Kyrie Irving
SF: Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF: Christian Wood
C: Dwight Powell
There is a case to be made for Green or Bullock over Hardaway Jr., but the 6’5 wing struggled coming off the bench to start the season. He is likely part of the first substitution groups, so he can come back with the second unit, assuming Dallas does not make more trades before Thursday’s deadline.
Here is an in-depth look at where each position stands, and what the Dallas Mavericks still need to acquire in the coming days.