Dallas Mavericks adjustment without Kristaps Porzingis: 3. Smaller
Coach Kidd has not played Dwight Powell next to Willie Cauley-Stein or Boban Marjanovic this season. The pairings would limit the Mavs' spacing and make it difficult to defend. If Kristaps Porzingis is out that leaves just Maxi Kleber as the lone big man that plays next to the team’s three centers, four if fans want to include Moses Brown.
Kleber could draw the start depending on the opponent, but he is unlikely to play more than 27 minutes in any contest. That leaves 20 to 25 minutes each game for the Dallas Mavericks to play small. Fans will get an extended look at how the team performs with a single big man and three shooters around Luka Doncic.
If the Mavs are dominating on both ends of the floor it could change how coach Kidd employs his rotation moving forward. Dallas could go to more single big man sets as they attempt to move up the standings.
If Kristaps Porzingis misses time, fans will also get to see additional Reggie Bullock minutes and a chance to watch him play next to Luka Doncic more. The 30-year-old wing was the team’s top offseason acquisition, but he has not played more than 17.5 minutes in any of the team’s first three games. Bullock is not the only player who will see an increased opportunity.