Dallas Mavericks should target Nikola Vucevic in free agency
By DW Schabbing
Dallas Mavericks fans are hoping the team acquires an All-Star this summer in free agency, and Nikola Vucevic should be that player.
The Dallas Mavericks are reported to be interested in signing soon-to-be free agent Nikola Vucevic this summer. Vucevic brings a ton to any NBA team. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2019. He is a seven-footer capable of averaging over 20 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Here is a look at what Nikola Vucevic would bring to the Dallas Mavericks in the future.
His time with the Magic
Vucevic was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2011 NBA Draft. That season was shortened to 66 games by the lockout. His time in Philadelphia would be short. Following his rookie campaign, Vooch was traded to the Orlando Magic.
During his time with the Magic, Vucevic would more than prove himself. For example, in a game against the Miami Heat in December of 2012, Vucevic grabbed a franchise record 29 rebounds. This would put him just six rebounds shy of Charles Oakley’s record of 35 rebounds in a game.
If you do not consider the lockout-shortened season with the 76ers, Vucevic is averaging 15.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for his career. He has also averaged a field goal percentage of 50 percent. This year Vucevic was named as an All-Star for the first time in his career. At 28, it could be the first of man for the big man.
What Vooch brings to Dallas
So you ask, how would Nikola Vucevic fit in the Dallas Mavericks system? Here is a look at what he would bring to the team.
One of the main things the Mavs have struggled to keep over the years is a mainstay at the center position. It has been somewhat of a revolving door. They always find a player to fill the position for a year or two, but Dallas is shortly back in the hunt for another option.
The Mavericks locking up Vucevic on a long-term deal would mean them securing a player who is a walking double-double. He averages over a double-double for his career. Vooch constantly is in the paint fighting for rebounds and scoring second-chance points. He averages 2.4 offensive boards a game over his career as well.
Another thing Vucevic would bring to Dallas is the ability to stretch the floor. He can pop out and hit the mid-range jumper at a fairly consistent clip, which is something the Mavericks have not had at the center position for some time. Vucevic would provide Dallas with floor spacing for guys like Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. to attack the basket.
The potential for greatness in a lineup that includes Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Vucevic is high. Besides the obvious aspect of the mere height for the Mavs, the combination of the three of these players would no doubt created defensive matchup problems for opposing teams.
There are many targets the Dallas Mavericks may pursue in the offseason. However, the one with the most promise to be a solid fit is Nikola Vucevic. As it is said, only time will tell how the summer shakes out.