Dallas Mavericks: Recent history of the center position woes

By Cody Havard
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The Dallas Mavericks have had a fall from grace at the center position since their 2011 championship run. Tyson Chandler was the anchor in the middle for their title team. He averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. The numbers do not jump off of the stat sheet, but Chandler played with an energy and effort that opposing centers just could not match.

Following their championship run, owner Mark Cuban decided it was best to not extend a lucrative contract to keep Chandler in Dallas. The seven-footer instead signed with the New York Knicks on a four-year deal worth $58 million.

He returned to Dallas in 2015, but it was only for that one season. This sent the Mavs into a downward spiral at the center position for the past decade.

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Recent history of Dallas Mavericks woes at the center position

For the past decade, the Mavs have tried courting big-name centers. They pursued Dwight Howard in 2013. He was one of the best big men in the league, but D12 chose the Houston Rockets over the Mavs.

They also tried their luck with another big named center in DeAndre Jordan. The All-Star center verbally agreed to join the Mavs with fellow free agent Wes Mathews, but Blake Griffin and Chris Paul changed his mind before it could become official.

The misses sting the fan base and left the Dallas Mavericks with a hole at the five. So, who has been playing center for the team in the last ten years?

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