When the Dallas Mavericks announced that they would be signing a young German by the name of Maxi Kleber, most people wrote him off as a G-League addition. Little did they know how valuable he would be.
I have gotten a lot of sports predictions wrong in my life. Leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft, I did not think Anthony Davis was going to be a superstar like everyone else did. I was wrong.
In 2011, I said that the Carolina Panthers were going to regret taking Cam Newton first overall. Newton went on to win the NFL MVP in 2015, just a few years later. And yet again, I was definitely wrong.
This year, I made the prediction that Maxi Kleber would be fighting for a roster spot by the time the season was here. Instead, Maxi has not only found his way on the roster, he has become a key part for the Mavs rotation, averaging 19 minutes per game, along with 9 points and 3.8 rebounds.
This is an important transition that has happened, because Maxi was good last year but he wasn’t great. With the Mavs getting better at multiple spots on the floor, those who were staying needed to improve their game. We have seen Dwight Powell do it and we have seen Dorian Finney-Smith do it and now Maxi joins that group.
Is it too early to say that Maxi can be a key part of the Mavs organization for years to come? Maybe, but that won’t stop me from saying it. Here is a breakdown of the different areas Maxi is showing improvement in and how it is going to benefit the Mavs going forward.