Dallas Mavericks: Why they don’t need another big man

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Dwight Powell (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Dwight Powell (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks do not need to add another big man this offseason

The Dallas Mavericks had a shortage of big men in the playoffs. It was easy to see. They have two of the tallest players in the NBA in Kristaps Porzingis and Boban Marjanovic. Both players stand 7’3 or taller.

The Mavs started out at a disadvantage in the bubble. Dwight Powell ruptured his Achilles in January and missed the rest of the season. Willie Cauley-Stein opted out of the restart for personal reasons.

Dallas lost another big man when Porzingis went down with a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury in game one but was able to play in the next two games before being ruled out for the series.

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The Mavericks had just two big men left on the roster for the final three games. It may seem like they have a shortage at the four or the five, but Dallas has five players that play well next to Luka Doncic.

Why the Dallas Mavericks do not need another big man

Everyone knows Kristaps Porzingis is an outstanding basketball player. He can score over 30 on any night. KP is a fantastic compliment to Luka. He can also be the number one option when Doncic is out. Porzingis is one of the best number two options in the NBA.

Dwight Powell is underrated. He the perfect lob threat to pair with Luka. The 6’10 big man helped the Mavericks have the best offensive rating in NBA history. Powell may not be the best defender, but his offensive game is crucial to this team.

Maxi Kleber is an outstanding defender. He is not a center, but his role coming off the bench is extremely valuable. His shot-blocking and 3-point shooting help space the floor for Luka to drive and kick.

Boban Marjanovic is the happiest man alive and a talented player. He comes in and gets points and rebounds in bulk. His per-36 minutes’ stats are insane. Bobi averages 24.7 points and 16.8 rebounds. That shows his incredible ability to put up numbers in limited minutes. He is a secret weapon for the Mavericks off the bench.

The Mavs also have Willie Cauley-Stein. He was traded to Dallas in January. Trill is an outstanding roll man and lob target. Hopefully, he will be back next season. Cauley-Stein has a $2.3 million player option for the 2020-2021 season. Expect some growth if he is back with the Mavs.

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There is no getting around how important having the right big men are in today’s NBA. The Dallas Mavericks have that. They should use their money and roster spots on other positions, instead of changing what they have at the four and the five.