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Mavericks' Seth Curry: Will have to battle for starter's role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned that he's not sure if Curry will start or come off the bench to during the upcoming season, Earl K. Sneed of reports.

During Monday's media day, Carlisle mentioned that he expects first-round draft pick Dennis Smith to start at point guard, which complicates Curry's role. However, he also mentioned that Nerlens Noel will come off the bench, which means Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki will slide over to power forward and center, respectively. That opens a spot up on the wing alongside Wesley Matthews, though Carlisle wasn't willing to guarantee Curry that spot. That said, it appears Curry will have a chance to battle for a role in the top unit at shooting guard throughout the preseason, which is somewhat encouraging for his fantasy value considering he was originally expected to be Smith's backup to start the year.

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Mavericks' Harrison Barnes: Expects to play more power forward
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes said Monday that he spent the offseason preparing his body to play power forward, Earl Sneed of reports.

Barnes played some small-ball four last season, but coach Rick Carlisle apparently plans to start Barnes at power forward full time in 2017-18, with the aging Dirk Nowitzki slotting in at center. The move shouldn't change much for Barnes, who spent 60 percent of his minutes at power forward last season, per Basketball-Reference, and it should result in even better spacing for the Mavs, who ranked fifth in the league in made three-pointers last season. Perhaps the biggest implication is that Nerlens Noel, the Mavericks' best rim-protector, will come off the bench.

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Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Likely starter at point guard
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Rick Carlisle said he expects Smith to start at point guard to open the season, Earl K. Sneed of reports.

After being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Smith was already fully expected to take the reigns as the team's starting point guard, making Monday's news mostly unsurprising. The explosive 6-foot-3 point guard has reportedly impressed his teammates in offseason workouts and should see a fairly hefty workload in his rookie season with the Mavericks going through a mini rebuild. With Rick Carlisle saying he plans on bringing Nerlens Noel off the bench, the Mavericks returning starters from last year will all likely shift down a spot, which could still allow Seth Curry to keep a starting spot at shooting guard despite Smith's designation as the top point guard.

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Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Expected to start at center
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nowitzki is expected to open the season as the team's starting center, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Despite re-signing Nerlens Noel this offseason, coach Rick Carlisle said he wants to start Nowitzki at center in order to allow the Mavericks to pick up the pace and space the floor better. That should also mean Harrison Barnes slides over to power forward. Still, this likely won't result in any dramatic changes to Nowitzki's fantasy value. He's still 39 years old and the Mavericks will likely take a cautious approach with his workload most nights, which could ultimately hurt Nowitzki's overall fantasy utility. After averaging 26.4 minutes a season ago, it wouldn't be surprising if Nowitzki saw his playing time take a slight dip once again in an effort to keep him as fresh as possible.

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Mavericks' Nerlens Noel: Could come off the bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Noel could start the season coming off the bench, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Coach Rick Carlisle indicated during the team's media day that he's currently expecting to start Dirk Nowitzki at center, while bringing Noel off the bench. That certainly could change depending on how the team looks during training camp, so we'll keep an eye out for Carlisle's lineups during the preseason. Noel averaged 22.0 minutes across 22 games after being traded to Dallas last season and was fully expected to see an uptick in playing time in his first full year with the Mavericks, though his potential designation as a reserve could put a hold on that increase.

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2016-17 Team Leaders
PPGHarrison Barnes , SF19.2
RPGHarrison Barnes , SF5
APGWesley Matthews , SG2.9
FG%Seth Curry , SG48.1
FT%Harrison Barnes , SF86.1
3P%Seth Curry , SG42.5
BLOCKSSalah Mejri , C61
STEALSSeth Curry , SG79
MPGHarrison Barnes , SF35.5
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