Why the Dallas Mavericks need to keep Marquese Chriss: 3. Outplaying others on roster
Head coach Jason Kidd made a joke following the Mavericks win over Thunder on Jan. 2 where Marquese Chriss had arguably his best game in Dallas. Chriss had a team-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds in just 14 minutes of action. Kidd praised his play before saying the following.
"We got centers. That is one thing we have. I don’t how I can play them all, but he’s going to make it tough. Cuban said this a while back, that we are going to have some decisions to make about our roster."
Chriss is making it a difficult decision with his play. The Mavericks outscored the Thunder by 14 points in his 14 minutes on Sunday night. Dwight Powell was minus-six in his 25 minutes of action in Oklahoma City.
Willie Cauley-Stein has not played since Nov. 27, and he continues to be listed as out for personal reasons. Hopefully, all is well for the talented big man, but his absence opens up a space in the rotation. The Mavs have given Moses Brown an opportunity, but he is not ready on the defensive end of the floor leaving the backup center minutes up for grabs.
Marquese Chriss wants to take that spot. He has proved he can make an impact on both ends of the floor, and the 24-year-old yearns to be back in the NBA. The Mavericks want to make the playoffs and go on a run, which means maximizing the talent on their roster. Just one more reason to keep Chriss around for the rest of the season.