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Mavericks: Predicting starting lineup, sixth man, and closers

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Predicting Dallas Mavericks sixth man

The team’s sixth man will be Jalen Brunson. He had a breakout third NBA season that saw him finish fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting in 2021. The 25-year-old will be looking to take another step forward this year and take home the award. Brunson will need to increase his scoring and maintain his outstanding efficiency to have a chance at winning the honor.

Brunson will be the running for the award, but Reggie Bullock is likely to see the most minutes among the Mavericks bench players. The 6’6 wing played 30.0 minutes per game last season and started 69 of his 70 games with the Knicks when combining regular and postseason. Bullock’s strong perimeter defense and elite shooting will carve out a significant role in Dallas that should see him pushing for 30 minutes per game.

Brunson and Maxi Kleber should both be in line for 20 to 25 minutes a night coming off the bench this season. Kleber’s combination of defense and spacing the floor as a big man is unique and fits well next to Kristaps Porzingis. JB is the team’s second-best playmaker and a necessary ball-handler.

Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber will all be pushing for a place in the Dallas Mavericks closing lineup this season.