Just minutes into the Mavs’ 2009-2010 season, we already have our first curveball.
Actually, make that three curveballs.
The starting center? Not the anointed Drew Gooden, which makes sense considering Dwight Howard is about as true as centers come. Damp may be slow of foot, but in theory he can body up Dwight a la Kendrick Perkins.
The starting shooting guard? Not the injured Josh Howard or even the projected J.J. Barea, but garbage time all-star Matt Carroll.
The starting small forward? Not the newly-acquired Shawn Marion, who’s sidelined with a minor calf injury, but hometown hero Quinton Ross.
This could be par for the course as the Mavs try to get healthy for the real deal, so keep your pencils and lineup cards handy.