Because of a variety of reasons that many times didn’t have anything to do with injuries, Rick Carlisle last season had a whopping 23 different starting lineups in the 82-game season.

By contrast, in five games this season, the Dallas Mavericks’ coach has had the same starting lineup in all five games. And he would like to keep it that way.

The reasons are obvious.

“The benefits are you can build consistency, and guys can get an opportunity to get a feel for how to play with one another,” Carlisle said. “For example, I think the first couple of games [point guard Jose] Calderon was trying to find his way with how we play.

“It’s new to him, he’s been playing with teams with a lot of set offense. But he’s a very skilled and knowledgeable player and there’s no reason that he would not fit into this style, so after the first couple of games he kind of got it.”

Last year the Mavs kept one starting lineup for 12 games and another for 11 games. All the rest lasted nine or fewer games.

This year the Mavs’ five starters are forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, guards Monta Ellis and Calderon, and center Samuel Dalembert. Ellis, Calderon and Dalembert are in their first season with the Mavs, while Nowitzki and Marion are longtime starters.

That starting five will be on the court again at 7 p.m. Friday when the Mavs (3-2) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) at the Target Center.