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Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agent targets that pair nicely with Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mike Conley Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mike Conley Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Richaun Holmes Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent that pairs well with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic: 2. Richaun Holmes

The Mavs turned to Boban Marjanovic in the playoffs because they needed rebounding and rim protection as the Clippers went small. The strategy nearly worked, but Dallas lost the series in seven games.

Holmes is the perfect center to pair with Luka. He averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game last season. Holmes shot 63.7 percent from the field and 79.4 percent on his free throws. The 6’10 big man can protect the rim and ranked 42nd in FiveThirtyEight’s Defensive RAPTOR last season.

Holmes is also one of the best roll men in the league. He had the fourth-highest frequency and scored 1.3 points per possession off the play. He ranked in the top 17 percent and is lethal finishing around the rim. Now, imagine teaming him up with one of the best pick and roll ball-handlers in the league in Doncic. Holmes could become the league’s best roll man.

Fans have seen the Dallas Mavericks rumored to have interest in Richaun Holmes already. Expect the organization to pursue a big man this offseason. Can they afford Holmes? If the price is right, the Mavs will be interested in his services.

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