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Should the Mavericks play Moses Brown amid center struggles?

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Case against the Dallas Mavericks playing Moses Brown

The Mavs continue to start a center next to Kristaps Porzingis, but they are shifting to play smaller. Willie Cauley-Stein and Dwight Powell combined for just 26 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the LA Clippers. Maxi Kleber played 36 minutes with KP at the five. That alone limits the opportunity for Moses Brown.

The 22-year-old big man struggles defending in space, which makes it difficult to play Brown next to Kristaps Porzingis. Most teams are playing four shooters on the floor, so having two players that cannot get out on the perimeter to guard is problematic.

Brown also gets picked on the defensive end. Teams force him to switch onto the perimeter and take advantage. Both Powell and Cauley-Stein offer more defensive versatility and are more difficult to target.

Head coach Jason Kidd has turned to Boban Marjanovic when the Mavs need a lift off the bench. The 7’4 big man is nearly impossible to stop on the offensive end of the floor. He has a soft touch that makes him an automatic bucket. What does Brown offer that Bobi does not? Both struggle on the defensive end of the floor, and Marjanovic is the superior offensive player.

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