Glaring hole in Dallas Mavericks roster heading into offseason: 4. Rebounder
The Mavs were dominated on the boards in every series this postseason. Utah held a 43-rebound edge over the six games in the opening round as Dallas had no answers for Rudy Gobert on the glass. In round two, Phoenix grabbed 54 more rebounds over the seven games, and the Warriors secured 57 more than Dallas over just five games in the Western Conference Finals.
It was not just being dominated on the defensive glass either. Over 18 postseason games, the Mavericks allowed 183 offensive rebounds, and they were minus-86 in offensive boards. It is incredible Dallas won two playoff series while giving up so many extra possessions.
The Mavs had their most success playing small and spacing the floor for Luka Doncic, but they struggled to rebound. Stretch five Maxi Kleber averaged just 4.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs, which tied with Jalen Brunson and Reggie Bullock for third on the team. Doncic grabbed 9.8 a night, but Dorian Finney-Smith was second at just 5.5.
The Dallas Mavericks must improve their rebounding if they want to make another deep playoff run. The answer is not just getting a traditional center that can secure 10-plus per game but adding a shooter that can contributor and a wing that will compete on the boards. Having two other players grabbing six a night would solve the Mavs issue on the boards.