NBA Draft Kit: Southwest Division Positional Battles
NBA Draft Kit: Southwest Division Positional Battles

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While everyone freaks out about Kevin Durant in Golden State, know that there have been plenty of other changes out West. Father Time is finally catching up with the Spurs. The Mavs continue to make "interesting" free-agent moves. Houston is hoping for addition via subtraction. Memphis' revolving door at small forward continues. And the Pelicans continue to struggle to surround Anthony Davis with quality teammates.

Dallas Mavericks

The good news: Dallas signed a dream team Olympic gold medal winner! The bad news: it's Harrison Barnes. Sigh. The addition of Barnes quickly fills the gap left by Chandler Parsons, who signed with the Grizzlies. With the addition of center Andrew Bogut, acquired when Golden State had to clear cap room for Durant, the starting five is set. Expect Deron Williams at the point, Wesley Matthews at shooting guard, Barnes at small forward, future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and Bogut in the middle. But who will score off the bench?

Scoring Sixth Man:J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, Seth Curry, Dwight Powell

The Mavs have a thin bench, and they're pretty old at some starting positions. Barea is 32 and Harris turns 34 in February. Speed-oriented players tend to age poorly, plus both averaged single-digit points per game last year. That leaves plenty of opportunity for Curry (26) and Powell (25) to lead the second unit. Fantasy-wise, Powell is more of a defense-first option at the four and five, so expecting him to

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