Dallas Mavericks: Grading the Willie Cauley-Stein trade

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Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks traded a second round pick for center Willie Cauley-Stein on Jan. 24. Here is a look at how the Mavs fared in that trade.

The Dallas Mavericks are proving their playoff mettle each and every game. They continue to win no matter who out of the rotation. The Mavs won two of the four games Luka Doncic missed in mid-December. They had six victories in ten with Kristaps Porzingis on the shelf. The Mavericks are a force in the West this season.

The team took a hit on Jan. 21, though. Starting center Dwight Powell went down with a season-ending Achilles rupture. It is a devastating injury to a player that has worked so hard. Powell went from a second round pick to one of the league’s most efficient scorers and roll men. The Mavericks lost more than their starting center on Tuesday. He is an important piece of the team’s identity.

The Mavs were light on replacements too. In the first game without Powell, they started Porzingis at the five in a small ball lineup featuring Dorian Finney-Smith playing the four. Maxi Kleber was used as the backup five. The only other true big man on the Mavericks roster is the 7’4 Boban Marjanovic. He can only handle limited minutes because of his struggles defending smaller quicker fives.

The Mavs needed another big man to fill the void. That forced them to be active in the trade market. They made two deals on Friday that ultimately secured the services of Willie Cauley-Stein.

Here is a look at the trades and a grade for the Dallas Mavericks.

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