Glaring hole in Dallas Mavericks roster heading into offseason: 2. Center
Dwight Powell started all 18 postseason games for the Mavs at the five, but he averaged just 13.8 minutes per game. He often played a short stint at the start of each half before departing for Maxi Kleber, who was the team’s preferred option at the five. Kleber only averaged 25.4 minutes per game, mostly because of foul trouble, but the Mavericks also need to monitor Kleber’s playing time because of injury issues.
Dallas needs an upgrade at the five this offseason. If they want to go small in the playoffs, they should be looking for a stretch five that can rebound and protect the rim. Those players are difficult to acquire, but the Mavs are on the verge of title contention. At this point, they must pay whatever it takes to add the final pieces.
The Mavericks should be searching for a more traditional center that can give them a change of pace and eat minutes during the regular season on a veteran minimum contract. Suns big man Bismack Biyombo is the perfect example of what Dallas should be searching for in a backup big man this summer.
The Dallas Mavericks cannot head into next season with Dwight Powell as their starting center. Yes, he is an outstanding pick and roll partner for Luka Doncic, but the opposition shut off that element in the postseason, and Powell literally offers nothing else. They must upgrade at the five to make another deep run.