Spencer Dinwiddie gives Dallas Mavericks more flexibility in the playoffs
The Mavs ran out of options against the Clippers in last year’s playoffs. Kristaps Porzingis struggled to protect the rim and guard on the perimeter. It forced former coach Rick Carlisle and his staff to insert Boban Marjanovic into the starting five and to play a zone. Jalen Brunson was the only player off the bench to play double-digit minutes by game seven as Dallas ran out of options.
That will not be the case this year because adding Spencer Dinwiddie gives the Mavs plenty of flexibility.
First, he can handle the ball and run the second unit, which will allow coach Jason Kidd to rest superstar Luka Doncic and keep him fresher in the fourth quarter. Kidd wants to keep two ball-handlers on the floor at all times and that will continue into the postseason.
The Mavericks can play small, have two big men on the floor, or go for a defensive-first lineup in the postseason. Dinwiddie can play on or off the ball and gives Dallas the freedom to use Maxi Kleber or Dorian Finney-Smith at the five as they go small to force mismatches. Dallas has options, and it makes the Mavs even more dangerous in the playoffs.