4 Mavericks who could get axed from Jason Kidd's playoff rotation

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1. Maxi Kleber

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber remains a crucial piece to what the Dallas Mavericks do, but he is definitely someone who could see his role change depending on the matchup that the Mavs play.

This season for Dallas, Kleber is averaging 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from downtown. Statistically speaking, this has been one of the worst years of Kleber's career, and his injuries have definitely changed his playstyle some.

Kleber entered this season fully recovered from the torn hamstring that he suffered last season, but his dislocated toe this season caused him to miss many games during the first half of the season. He has only played in 39 games this year, but he has been a key piece of the rotation when on the floor.

Jason Kidd typically uses Kleber as a small-ball five or a four, and he has shown promise in both roles. While it seems unlikely that Kleber will be out of the rotation completely, matchups will heavily dictate how the Mavs use him.

His role could shrink tremendously if the Mavs play a team that doesn't run much small ball, but his role will likely be large if the Mavs play a team that runs small ball often.

Kleber remains a valuable role player due to his versatility, and we'll have a better idea about what his role in the playoffs will look like once their first-round opponent is confirmed.

For all the latest on Jason Kidd, Maxi Kleber, and the Dallas Mavericks for the rest of the regular season and the postseason, stay tuned.