5 Backup centers the Dallas Mavericks should trade for

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1. Isaiah Stewart

One undersized center who could help out the Mavs is Isaiah Stewart. The Detroit Pistons' big man is a young and up-and-coming player who can help a contending team.

Last season, he had one of his best years averaging 11.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds. This was a step up from his first two seasons when he struggled to find chances down low.

This season, Stewart has had an up-and-down year. In October, he had a great start this season when he averaged 13.8 points per game and 9.3 rebounds. However, Stewart's numbers have taken a dip this month as he is averaging 7.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds.

Either way, Stewart is a young center with all the intangibles to excel in the future. He is constantly improving his game and does well in pick-and-roll situations.

Another bright spot is his shooting game. This season, he is shooting a career-high 36.7 percent from the 3-point line.

Along with shooting, he is a tough center who doesn't back down from anyone. Last week, he was ejected from a game after he set a hard screen on Patrick Beverly.

Stewart's youth, constant improvement, and physical toughness should be enough reasons for Dallas to trade for him. Plus, it's already been rumored that the Mavs have been linked to Stewart.

Either way, its obvious Dallas is in desperate need for a backup center. The Mavs have plenty of options to consider.

The question is if and when the team will make a move.

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