Dallas Mavericks option to replace Dwight Powell in starting five: 2. WCS or Boban
Powell won the starting nod over Willie Cauley-Stein and Boban Marjanovic during training camp. All three are traditional big men that cannot stretch the floor. Despite his struggles to begin the season, DP has been the best player in this group through the first 11 games.
Cauley-Stein has been the backup five in every contest, but he has earned more than 14 minutes just once. He has struggled with his consistency and effort, which has forced head coach Jason Kidd to go to Bobi at times.
Marjanovic is a game-changer, but the Dallas Mavericks cannot start him every night. They did it in the playoffs last season after the LA Clippers went small, but the 33-year-old is a situational option. He can impact the game with his sheer size and soft touch around the basket, but the Mavs will struggle on the defensive end whenever he takes the court.
Fans could make a case for the starting unit performing better with Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, or even fourth-string center Moses Brown replacing Dwight Powell, but it is a downgrade in talent and effectiveness purely at the position.
If coach Kidd does not want to go small or insert one of the team's three backup centers into the starting lineup over Powell, that leaves the Mavericks with only one option.