What Does the Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup Look Like for the 2021-22 Season?

Published 08/14/2021, 11:03 PM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) gives a fist bump to owner Mark Cuban and CubanÕs son Jake after the game against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks lagged in the NBA off-season 2021 when compared to teams like the Lakers which successfully stacked stars. However, they made some key moves by acquiring the services of players like Reggie Bullock, Sterling Brown, and Moses Brown. 

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But the problem with these aforementioned moves is that none of them might actually help the Mavs start the game. True, Reggie is coming off a victorious Knicks season where he started all but one game. But the odds are low that he can come in and take the place of an already settled Mavs small forward.

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Dallas Mavericks starting line-up

Frontcourt

Dorian Finney-Smith (Small forward)

Dorian Finney will have to secure his starting berth against Reggie Bullock by impressing the new coach in Jason Kidd. He will have to improvise on his offensive rebounding and put his wingspan to complete use. He might not become the Khris Middleton for the Mavs, but he can at least give a shot to become more like Jae Crowder.

Kristaps Porzingis (Center)

The 2021-22 season is a make-or-break time for the Godzingis. Last season, he continued his injury struggles from the Disney Bubble and missed 29 games. Plus, his playoff performance deteriorated as the man averaged just 13.1 points at 29.6% three-point shooting against the Clippers. That alone led to the Mavs losing key games that could’ve helped them upset the LA squad. So his performance shall be crucial this year.

Jun 6, 2021; Kristaps Porzingis moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Boban Marjanovic (Center backup)

Mark Cuban did not place his faith in Boban yet again with a $7 million 2-year contract for nothing. The team owner would want the Serbian vet to work on his speed and become more explosive at his defense. Plus, it’ll be worth seeing how Boban can keep himself free from injuries this season.

Maxi Kleber (Power forward)

Although there was news of the Mavs sending a package containing Maxi towards the Hawks, nothing has taken shape. So one can expect the 6’10” right-handed shooter to do the heavy lifting in the beginning.

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Backcourt

Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) and guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic (Point Guard)

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Hands down, the best player in the team and the future of the league, Luka deserves every penny of his $207 million contract. The scoring magician is just unstoppable and carries the entire roster on his shoulders. If only he can work more on his leadership, a lot can turn in their favor.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (Shooting guard)

Playing in front of his father, the star did an amazing job against the Clippers in the postseason 2021. That was obviously a major factor why the Mavs organization re-signed him for a huge contract. Now he must just replicate those nights more often so they can be the Top 4 team in 2022.

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The Mavs have made some substantial moves beyond their roster and that can further help their case. Now, it is only about time that the strategy to stick with old players would face the heat. Do you think the Mavs would come out on the top? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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