Weakness Dallas Mavericks still have after free agency: 3. Rebounding
The Mavs struggled on the glass last season to the tune of finishing 21st in rebounds per game and 16th in rebound percentage. Dallas grabbed less than half of the available boards, and the problem got worse late in close games where the Mavericks were 25th in clutch rebound percentage.
They lost at home to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 1 because they failed to grab a board in the final seconds. Chris Paul drove to the basket and missed a layup, but the Mavs did not box out Deandre Ayton. The Suns' big man missed a tip before secure the rebound that led to a game-winning 3-pointer by Devin Booker. Fans can see the missed layup and rebound below.
The Mavericks issues on the glass cost them more than one game last season, and they did nothing to fix the problem this offseason. Reggie Bullock averaged a career-high 3.4 rebounds per game last year with the Knicks, but that is far from a needle mover, especially when considering Josh Richardson averaged 3.3. Sterling Brown did grab 4.4 a night, which is above average for a wing, but not enough to make Dallas leap up the rankings.
The Dallas Mavericks could use a strong rebounder and paint presence on their bench. It remains a missing piece after they brought back Willie Cauley-Stein and Boban Marjanovic to join Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell in the team’s center rotation.