What do Dallas Mavericks still need after Christian Wood trade? 3. Rim protection
The Mavs added a potential starting center in Wood. He can do a lot of things Dallas was hoping to acquire, but his rim protection is lacking. The 6’10 big man has averaged over one block per game for two straight years, but he is not a deterrent around the rim. Wood is listed at 214 pounds and has a slight frame. He could block a few more shots next season if he is locked in, but players will not think twice about attacking the basket when Wood’s in the game.
Maxi Kleber is still the team’s best rim protector after trading for Wood. Teams will downsize in the playoff, and the Mavericks will still likely have their most success playing small with Luka Doncic surrounded by four shooters. Dallas and coach Kidd would love to be able to insert a rim protector if the Mavericks need a stop.
The trade created three open roster spots, and the Mavericks still need to add a more traditional big man this offseason. They should be looking for a seven-footer that can rebound and protect the rim. He can handle additional minutes in the regular season and gives Dallas a change of pace in the playoffs if the opposition forces them away from playing small.