SBN reacts: Fans suggest different starting center

This week, we ran a poll, asking fans who they wanted to see as a Dallas Mavericks starting center. After a lackluster start from JaVale McGee and some strong recent contributions from Christian Wood and Dwight Powell, the question had to be asked. Obviously, this was done before the Mavericks replaced McGee with Dwight Powell, at least for one game. Here are the results :

A strong majority (59%) would like to see Christian Wood at the starting center, or at least a starter. He’s been really good in a very limited time and despite some of the defensive concerns, one has to wonder if the positive contributions will outweigh the potential problems.

Somehow, 19% of voters still want JaVale McGee to start, to whom I pose the question: why? It may be a belief that he will start playing hard and add more when he is on the pitch. That would be nice, but given McGee’s entire career, it’s hard to see that actually happening.

Only 16% of people would like to see Dwight Powell return. Frustration with Powell seems to me less about Powell than about the position he finds himself in. He just can’t defend the rim well. Dwight is considered an outstanding teammate, and there’s a lot to be said for chemistry and energy, but in the long run, Powell is much more of a regular-season player than a playoff guy. And that’s okay, because right now we’re talking about starting those regular season games.

Very few people want to see Maxi Kléber start (6%), which is undoubtedly the right decision. Kleber is in the state of his career where Dallas needs to be aware of the physical impact basketball has on him and he’s really important to what the Mavericks are doing defensively and in the clutch.

Will the Mavericks really change the starting center? I doubt. At least not yet. 10 or more games and we’ll see.

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