Dallas Mavericks secret weapon to use in playoffs: 1. Maxi Kleber
Maxi Kleber started 40 of his 50 games played this season, but the casual NBA fan is unlikely to know of the 6’10 forward. He averaged just 7.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in a career-high 26.8 minutes per game this season. Kleber is not making flashy passes or throwing down monster dunks. He flies under the radar.
The 29-year-old shot a career-high and team-leading 41.0 percent from 3-point range this season. He is an important floor spacer and shot maker for the Mavericks. Kleber is four of ten in clutch situations this season with two of the makes coming in the final ten seconds. See his game clincher against the Warriors below.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/02/06/0022000360/682/99a90fbc-140b-b716-1618-b8342d3ffd99_1280x720.mp4
Teams will sell out to stop Luka Doncic in the playoff, especially late in games. The Mavericks will need Kleber and other role players knocking down clutch jumpers to make a deep run.
The 6’10 forward is also one of Dallas’s best and most versatile defenders. He can guard on the perimeter and protect the rim. The Dallas Mavericks need him to match up against Kawhi Leonard in the opening-round series against the Clippers.
Maxi Kleber is dealing with an Achilles injury. He only played in two of the Mavericks final eight regular-season games. Fans should keep a close eye on Kleber’s play in the series. Dallas needs him to be their secret weapon, but his health is a question mark.
Expect the Dallas Mavericks to need all three secret weapons at points to upset the LA Clippers and advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since winning the title in 2011. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so please tune in and enjoy the games.