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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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What would Mitchell Robinson bring to the Dallas Mavericks?

It would not be a stretch to say Robinson could immediately step in and be the best center the Mavs have had since Tyson Chandler, a role they’ve scoured for since his departure. Part of the struggles Dallas faced in their 2021 playoff series against the Clippers was their inability to stop inside scoring. Rick Carlisle resorted to giving Boban Marjanovic significant minutes, something that in no way conjures a winning recipe for a team, as much as we all love him.

The issues that Robinson can fix in Dallas could make the team exponentially better across the floor. The 23-year-old’s rebound numbers have increased in each of his first three seasons in the league. He can create turnovers both as a rim protector and on-ball defender, and Robinson brings a tenacity to the five spot that Dallas needs.

Perhaps most importantly, Robinson would also be an excellent pick and roll option in the Mavericks’ offense. He set the single-season field goal record at 74.1 percent in 2019-2020. As a cherry on top, he led the league in points per possession out of the pick and roll that same year at 1.66. Luka Doncic’s efficiency could improve if he had a partner like Mitch Rob to both create space and have a presence down low.

In terms of weaknesses, Robinson can’t shoot and he is not quick. That is about it. He was limited to 31 games this season. Mitch Rob has had a few injuries in his short NBA career, but there should be no significant concerns.

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