The Dallas Mavericks were one of the most disappointing teams last season.
Considering the organization played in the 2022 Western Conference Finals, many expected a similar result last season.
But the Mavericks ended up missing the NBA playoffs despite trading for Kyrie Irving mid-season.
The organization will go into the 2023-24 season with a different mindset, and a part of it involves trying new lineups.
One unique lineup, as per head coach Jason Kidd, is starting Dereck Lively II with Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and Grant Williams via Noah Weber on Twitter.
“I’ve talked to the coaching staff and Nico (Harrison) about starting Lively with Luka and Kai and Grant, and we’ll see how that goes,” Kidd said.
"I've talked to the coaching staff and Nico (Harrison) about starting Lively with Luka and Kai and Grant, and we'll see how that goes." – Jason Kidd#MFFL
— Noah Weber (@noahweber00) September 23, 2023
Now, that’s a unique approach to the starting lineup.
But Kidd made sure to make clear that this lineup is not set in stone.
In fact, he wants to give it a try and see how it goes over a few games.
If it works, that is great, otherwise, the Mavericks’ head coach will need to come up with a different lineup over the course of the season.
The key players on the roster will remain Doncic and Irving, as they are the heart and soul of the franchise.
The dynamic duo needs to be on the same page in order to take the Mavericks to their glory days.
It would mean leading the team, at least to a couple of NBA Finals appearances.
Now whether they end up winning it all or not is a discussion for another day.
For now, the coaches are trying to figure out a stable lineup ahead of the NBA Training Camp.NEXT: Graphic Shows The Fortune Luka Doncic Could Earn In Supermax Deal