Mavericks Reveal Surprising Lineup Plans

When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Christian Wood this summer from the Houston Rockets, it was seen a great add, as their new starting center, and to be a second scorer behind Luka Doncic. 

And when the Mavs signed veteran 35-year-old JaVale McGee, everyone saw that as a great move for the bench. 

But according to head coach Jason Kidd, the Mavs have a surprise in mind for their everyday lineup: 

Kidd says that McGee will be the starter—something they promised him as part of the deal to get him to come to Dallas. Kidd adds that Wood, meanwhile, a 20 point/10 rebound threat on a nightly basis, will act as a super Sixth Man.

“I don’t need him to be ‘The Microwave.’ I just need him to be C. Wood," says Kidd. Wood was actually surprised by the news, but doesn't seem to be bothered by it.

To say that McGee is pumped for his new challenge, is an understatement. 

McGee has been a starter only twice in the last ten seasons, both with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Since then, he's been putting in about 15 minutes per game off the bench for three different teams, including the Phoenix Suns last season where he was a key part of the second unit. 

Entering his 15th NBA season, McGee has averaged 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in about 17 minutes per game over the course of his career. 

The 27-year-old Wood, in his past two breakout seasons as a starter with the Houston Rockets, has averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, while shooting 38% on threes (39% last season). 

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