The Dallas Mavericks decided on their starting lineup early in training camp. Superstar Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were no-brainers. New head coach Jason Kidd asked Tim Hardaway Jr. if he preferred starting or coming off the bench, and THJ decided on opening games. Dorian Finney-Smith won a spot on the wing as the Mavs' best defender, but the final spot appeared to be up for grabs.
Kidd made it clear early that he viewed KP as a four, and his team needed a starting center next to the Unicorn in the frontcourt. That opened the door for Dwight Powell to grab the nod, but things have not worked out through 11 games.
The Mavericks starting five has them playing from behind in almost every game, and through 75 minutes on the floor together, the group has an offensive rating of 93.5 and a defensive rating of 111.6 for a net rating of negative-18.1. The starters would sit 26th in the league in defensive efficiency, but last on the other end of the floor. How could coach Kidd switch it up?
Who would the Dallas Mavericks start if they bench Dwight Powell?
Powell has been the Mavs worst starter. Teams have been packing the paint to stop Luka Doncic, which hampers DP's effectiveness in rolling to the rim. They are also leaving Powell wide open beyond the 3-point whenever he is on the perimeter. The starting lineup struggles are one reason Doncic has such an abysmal plus-minus this season.
What options does Jason Kidd have to replace Dwight Powell in the starting lineup, though?