5 things casual fans need to know about the Dallas Mavericks

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Thing casual fans need to know about the Dallas Mavericks: 3. Rebounding woes remain

The Mavs lost the rebounding battle in nearly every game last postseason, and they struggled to protect the rim on their road to the conference finals. Spreading the floor and playing five out created some issues for Dallas, but it did not stop them from winning their first two playoff series since their 2011 championship run.

The Mavs addressed their frontcourt issues in the offseason by signing JaVale McGee and trading for Christian Wood. McGee was added to be the team’s starting center, but that lasted just six games. He has slipped completely out of the rotation, including playing fewer than two minutes against the Rockets on Dec. 23 when the team was without five players because of injuries.

Christian Wood has played well in Dallas, but his defensive issues are well-documented. He is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game, but it has not been enough.

The Mavericks are 30th in rebounds per game at 38.8, and dead last in rebound percentage at 47.7. They have been the worst rebounding team in the league through 33 games, and improvements are not on the way unless the Mavs bring in a frontcourt upgrade before the trade deadline.