The Dallas Mavericks have been forced to change things with Kristaps Porzingis on the sidelines for the last five games. His back injury initially seemed minor, but it has cost the Unicorn more than a week of action. He is still listed as day-to-day but could return on Nov. 6 against the Boston Celtics.
New head coach Jason Kidd decided to start Reggie Bullock in the first two contests without KP as the Mavs went small. He shifted to Maxi Kleber in the third game, but he suffered an oblique injury in the first quarter and has not played since. Instead of going back to Bullock, Kidd opted to insert Jalen Brunson for the last two games.
JB responded with two outstanding performances, including one of the best of his career as the Mavericks topped the Spurs behind his 13 fourth-quarter points. His recent play has fans wondering if he should start full-time, even when the Unicorn is back in the lineup.
Should the Dallas Mavericks start Jalen Brunson?
When fully healthy, the Mavs have three locked-in starters in Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr. The trio forms the team’s leadership council, and they are their three most established players.
Coach Kidd has to decide how he wants to play around them. He opted to start the season with Dwight Powell at the five and Dorian Finney-Smith, the team’s top defender, flanking on the wing. Could the Hall of Fame point guard change that opinion when Porzingis returns from injury?
Here is the case for and against the Dallas Mavericks moving Jalen Brunson into the starting lineup full-time before reaching a verdict on if he should be in the team’s first five.