Thing JaVale McGee brings to Dallas Mavericks: 1. Rebounding
The Mavericks secured just 36.5 rebounds per game in the playoffs, which was the second-lowest average. They lost the battle on the glass almost every game, and Dallas was outrebounded 811 to 657 over their 18 postseason games. They lost the battle on the boards by more than 8.5 rebounds per game, and it was a glaring weakness that the Mavericks needed to address this offseason.
Dallas had success going small and spacing the floor in the playoffs, which only added to their rebounding woes. They needed to add size that could stay on the floor and make an impact when the games mattered most.
McGee had the fifth-highest per minute rebounding rate this season, and the Mavericks traded for Christian Wood, who finished 22nd in per minute boards. Dallas should have zero issues crashing the glass next season. They should go from one of the worst to one of the best rebounding teams.
JaVale McGee is a significant upgrade for the Dallas Mavericks at the five. He is an outstanding rebounder, rim protector, and roll man that will thrive playing next to Luka Doncic. His playing time may decrease in the playoffs, but expect McGee to be impactful whenever he is on the floor. The seven-footer is just what the Mavs needed at the five.