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Should the Mavericks adjust their rotation with Luka Doncic back?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks should play more Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson

Head coach Jason Kidd trusts Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Those four players are each averaging over 30 minutes per game on the season and have started every time they have been healthy enough to play. The fifth spot remains in flux, but Kidd has settled on one of two players for the place in the Mavs closing lineup.

Maxi Kleber took the role in the win over the LA Clippers after Jalen Brunson suffered an injury in the first half and did not return. JB played it most of the season as he gives the team another ball-handler to take the pressure off Luka.

Both Kleber and Brunson should see an increase in their minutes moving forward, especially if Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown continue to struggle hitting shots. Kleber’s shot-making and defensive versatility make him a fit in any lineup, and he forms a dynamic frontcourt duo with KP. Brunson’s ball-handling makes him a must for 30 minutes per game when healthy.

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Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd is still experimenting with his rotation, but the answers are apparent. Expect him to land on a firm group that sees Kleber and Brunson playing more minutes moving forward. The schedule softens over the next three weeks, so do not be surprised to see the Mavs go on a run. Keep watching the rotation closely for changes because more are coming.