Spencer Dinwiddie allows the Dallas Mavericks to play small
Teams go smaller and attempt to create matchup problems in the playoffs. The Mavs had no answers when the Clippers downsized last year with three wing shooters surrounding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Dallas had to decide what to do with Kristaps Porzingis and how to best attack the mismatches the Clippers created.
Spencer Dinwiddie allows the Mavericks to embrace small ball. Rebounding and rim protection are always the worries when downsizing, but Dallas has the personnel to combat both issues. Maxi Kleber can defend on the perimeter like a guard and protect the rim at 6’10. Dinwiddie is 6’5 and gives them another lengthy perimeter defender to pair with Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Reggie Bullock to give the Mavs' small lineup plenty of size.
Dinwiddie has been a seamless fit in his first five games with the Dallas Mavericks. He is attacking on the offensive end of the floor and making plays while providing size and length on defense. The 28-year-old will not keep up his current shooting, but he will remain a key piece for the Mavs.
It could be Dinwiddie that decides the team’s playoff fate this season, and Dallas is dangerous with another playmaker next to Luka Doncic. Stay tuned to see what the Mavericks can accomplish in the postseason.