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Mavericks have to start Maxi Kleber moving forward

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The Dallas Mavericks do not want to start Kristaps Porzingis at the five. Head coach Jason Kidd made that clear during training camp, and the team’s leadership council had a hand in making Dwight Powell the team’s fifth starter to begin the season.

The Mavs stuck with that alignment for the first 16 games, despite poor results from the group. For the last two games, Kidd put Willie Cauley-Stein in for Powell, but the production has not improved. The team’s starting lineup with Powell has a negative-16.3 net rating over 100 minutes on the floor, and the group featuring WCS sits at negative-10.5.

Now is the time for coach Kidd to scrap the Cauley-Stein experiment and start Maxi Kleber. The 6’10 big man gives Dallas the best of both worlds when it comes to a starting big next to KP, but there is one massive concern.

Dallas Mavericks have to start Maxi Kleber moving forward

Both Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein have struggled this season. It is not just the poor performance on the starting group, but their minutes keep decreasing because they are not producing. Powell and Cauley-Stein each played ten minutes in the Nov. 27 loss to the Wizards.

Boban Marjanovic and Moses Brown are the Mavs' only other true center options, and neither should be playing extended minutes. Assuming Jason Kidd still does not want to throw KP at the five with four wings around him, here is a look at why Maxi Kleber needs to start moving forward.