“Everybody’s going to jump up one spot on the food chain. And the next guy is going to have to be ready at every position… One player out of the rotation can completely change how a team looks and functions and we have to be ready for those situations.”
That would include all other active players, so Vince Carter or Jae Crowder have the potential to start in lieu of Marion.
Of course, Carter would be an excellent choice to work the floor as a forward. This facilitator is versatile enough to play at guard as well.
Nowitzki recently made league history two weeks-in-a-row, and Carter could also have a chance to make history for himself through this a season of firsts: first ejection, but better yet, first Finals title.
“Half Man Half Amazing” Carter has gone beast mode this past offseason because he indeed is championship-hungry.
However, at age 36, Carter’s playing time may be limited, which may be in the Mavs’ best interest for the sake of keeping this valuable swingman healthy to play in both the front court and as guard. Therefore, Crowder could have the opportunity to start and continue evolving his skills on the court.
Wayne Ellington also could jump at the chance to play from the bench after his right thigh contusion.
Recently, “The Matrix” pointed out that the Mavs need to step up their defensive consistency. He is known to be on top of the team’s defensive game with an average of 7.7 rebounds per game so far this season. With or without him, he is counting on all of his teammates to come through and back each other up.