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Dallas Mavericks: Why Mitchell Robinson is the perfect fit

Dallas Mavericks Mitchell Robinson Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Mitchell Robinson Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are entering one of the most important offseasons in franchise history.

Losing in the playoffs is never fun, regardless of the team’s expectations. The Mavs had a rollercoaster of a season that only amplified during the playoffs as they fell to the LA Clippers in a thrilling seven-game series that saw Dallas blow 2-0 and 3-2 series leads as well as a 30-11 advantage at home in Game 3.

Principally, things look great on paper. Dallas pushed a star-studded LA squad to seven games and easily could have won if a couple of things go differently. However, reality points to Luka Doncic carrying this team the entire way.

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There are worse problems to have than employing a 22-year-old superstar that can almost singlehandedly defeat two of the 15 best players in the league, but the con to this scenario is that Doncic isn’t approaching his prime. He has already ascended to a level of greatness that will be looked back on and admired for the rest of history by basketball fans.

So, the most glaring issue is that the Mavericks’ early playoff exit leaves a lot to be desired in terms of roster building. Dallas has a significant amount of cap flexibility this summer. With Luka Doncic’s supermax deal approaching, the time is now for the Mavs to pursue guys to put around their superstar that can help push the team closer to a championship.

One of the players that the Dallas Mavericks should pursue with full steam is Mitchell Robinson. The young Knicks center has exceeded all expectations after being drafted in the second round in 2017 as he has transformed into one of the league’s best rim protectors.

The Knicks have an important decision to make on Robinson’s contract. The seven-footer has a $1.8 million club option for next season. New York can decline it and make Mitch Rob a restricted free agent this offseason. If they accept it, Robinson becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

There has been rumored interest in Robinson, and now is the time for Dallas to go after him. Let us take a look at Mitchell Robinson’s game and what he brings that would help the Dallas Mavericks inch closer to their second Larry O’Brien trophy.

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