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Dallas Mavericks: Recent history of the center position woes

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Chris Kaman (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks turn to Chris Kaman and Samuel Dalembert at center

Chris Kaman and Samuel Dalembert were the lowest of the lows to play at center for the Dallas Mavericks.

Chris Kaman in his lone season (2012-2013) with Dallas averaged 10.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. While his offensive game wasn’t terrible, but his rebounding and defensive ability were not up to par for a starting-caliber NBA center. Kaman only played 20.7 minutes per game in his one season in Dallas, and it was the start of a playing decline for the seven-footer.

Samuel Dalembert was a slight upgrade on the defensive end over Kaman, but once again his rebounding and offensive ability were abysmal. Dalembert was also another one-year rental for the Mavs (2013-2014). In his lone season, he averaged 6.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. These two players are not who your want as your starting center, especially in Dirk Nowitzki’s twilight years with the Mavericks.

The Mavs knew they had to do something regarding the center position, and given their free agency predicaments, they figured they would need to make a trade. Starting NBA centers that are available are rare and usually expensive.

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