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PG Jason Kidd
SG Vince Carter
SF Shawn Marion
PF Dirk Nowitzki
C Brendan Haywood / Ian Mahinmi
At first glance, the Mavericks' starters look like an All-Star team from 10 years ago struggling to put together a comeback tour. Critics would be wise to remember that this is virtually the same group that won a championship last year against a team of All-Stars very much in their primes.
With one key exception, of course.
The absence of Tyson Chandler has left a gaping hole in the middle of Dallas' lineup, and Lamar Odom has struggled mightily to provide front-line depth off the bench. Regardless of whether this team has the makeup to contend once more, its starting five is still respectable.
After a slow start, Nowitzki has rounded into form, and the wing combination of Vince Carter and Shawn Marion gives Dallas the kind of length to keep Rick Carlisle's defense rolling.
Dallas' reluctance to make any moves this season has ultimately left this lineup at risk of regression. Jason Kidd's season is bordering on irrelevance and the center tandem of Haywood and Mahinmi certainly won't scare a team like the Lakers.
The Mavericks still have a good shot at making noise in the playoffs, but you can thank sixth man Jason Terry for that. Should he find his way into the starting lineup, these rankings might have a different look.