Dallas Mavericks option to replace Dwight Powell in starting five: 1. Maxi Kleber
This option is not currently on the table after Kleber injured his back on a dunk attempt against the Kings on Halloween. He has been ruled out for his sixth straight game on Nov. 12 as the Mavericks face the Spurs for the third time on the young season, but the 6’10 big man is expected to return to the lineup soon.
Kleber is one of the Mavericks' most important players because of his unique skill set. He has the size to defend inside and the skill to guard on the perimeter to go along with being a 37.1 percent career 3-point shooter. He offers floor spacing and defensive versatility like no other option.
The problem with asking Maxi to do more is his durability. He struggled to stay healthy before joining the Dallas Mavericks in 2017 and dealt with an Achilles issue last season, which hampered his effectiveness in the playoffs after playing a career-high 26.8 minutes per game. Kleber is currently injured, and asking him to consistently play starter’s minutes could lead to more of them.
The Dallas Mavericks do not have a better option to replace Dwight Powell in the starting five at the moment. They may try Maxi Kleber when he is healthy, but that will mean plenty of Kristaps Porzingis at the five. The situation is screaming for the Mavs to make a roster upgrade, but until then, DP is their starting center.