2. Starting center
The Mavs attempted to upgrade at this position last summer. They signed JaVale McGee to be their starting center, but the experiment barely made it through the first week of the regular season. It quickly became clear that McGee did not fit in the team’s defensive scheme, and he fell completely out of the rotation. That opened the door for Dwight Powell to reclaim his starting gig, and he did just that.
The Mavericks must find a new starting center this offseason, and it has to be someone that fits next to Luka Doncic and can play more than 20 minutes per game. Dallas gave up way too many easy buckets, and they were dominated on the glass. The Mavs need someone that rebounds, protects the rim, blocks shots, and can be Luka’s pick-and-roll partner moving forward.
Christian Wood and Powell are both set to become free agents, and the Mavericks are not starting McGee at the five next season. Maxi Kleber is the only other current option on their roster, but the team does not want to put that kind of wear and tear on the 6’10 forward. Dallas must find a center and a difference-making one at that.
The Dallas Mavericks need two new starters this summer, and the second one will be in high demand and difficult to acquire.