Dallas Mavericks: Maxi Kleber was a personal block party this season
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber was blocking shots all over the court during the 2018-2019 season. See all of his blocks here.
Dallas Mavericks big man Maxi Kleber took a step forward during his second NBA season. He played more minutes (averaged 21.2 per game), proved he was a capable 3-point shooter (hit 35.3 percent from downtown), and showed his rim protection ability. The 27-year-old will be looking to continue to improve heading into next year.
Let us focus on Kleber’s shot blocking ability. He swatted 78 shots in his 71 games played. That is special in the NBA. Only 33 players averaged one block per game or more. Kleber was 29th in the league despite playing only 21.2 minutes a night. His shot blocking ability is special.
Fans can get a look at every single Maxi Kleber block from the 2018-2019 season thanks to the Mavericks official YouTube page.
Back in Dallas?
Kleber enters restricted free agency this offseason. That means the Dallas Mavericks have the right to match any offer he receives as long as they extend him a $1.8 million qualifying offer.
Maxi returning to Dallas depends on a plethora of factors. The Mavs are interested in retaining his services, but they want to improve their roster this offseason. If Kleber signs a significant dollar offer sheet early in the free agency period, the Mavericks may be forced to let him walk as they pursue other talents. It will be an interesting storyline to watch as the offseason progresses.
Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber blocked a ton of shot this season. His rim protection ability is unique. It was a welcomed addition to the Mavs this season.
Kleber’s 3-point shooting may have been more impressive, though. The NBA’s league average was 35.5 percent for the 2018-2019 season. Kleber connected on 35.3 percent for the year. From Jan. 31 to the end of the season, he made 39.1 percent of his threes on 3.3 attempts per game. Kleber can be a rim-protecting stretch four next season.
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