5 reasons why signing Marcus Morris would make Dallas Mavericks title contenders

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Marcus Morris Sr. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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3. Marcus Morris brings Dallas Mavericks versatility

One of Morris’ biggest selling points is his versatility. He can slot in at either forward spot and even play as a small ball center for short stretches. Morris has seen 52 percent of his career minutes at small forward according to Basketball-Reference.

The 6’8 forward would let the Mavericks go small and have options. They could put out a more defensive-oriented lineup with Doncic, Porzingis, Finney-Smith, and Hardaway Jr. Coach Carlisle may lean heavily on the offense by flipping Finney-Smith for Curry.

Morris being able to play the three allows for big lineups too. Porzingis can shift to the four to make room for another seven-footer. Dallas could use Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, Boban Marjanovic, or another potential offseason addition at the five. Willie Cauley-Stein has a player option at just under $2.3 million. He will likely search for a new deal on the open market.

Morris can defend both inside and on the perimeter. Looking at his matchups on NBA Stats, the names range from Ben Simmons to LeBron James to Jayson Tatum to Kristaps Porzingis. He is not afraid to take on the opposition’s heaviest hitter. That gives the Mavericks another set of options when constructing a lineup.

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