The Dallas Mavericks suffered on the defensive glass throughout all of last season, as they finished the year dead last in the NBA in rebounds per game. Before Dallas tipped off against New Orleans on Monday night, they registered as the 26th worst rebounding team in the league, at only 41.1 rebounds per game.
It’s been known since the start of the season that Dallas was going to have to rebound by committee after they failed to bring back a true defensive stopper at the center position.
Dereck Lively II has had games where his size and length have led him to have gaudy double-double performances this far into the season, but the rookie center will get out-rebounded by bigger and more physical centers oftentimes still.
If Dallas can bring back a veteran big man who is big and physical off the bench at some point this season, that may be their best bet to cover up the lack of positional size they have at the 4 and 5 spots. Maxi Kleber hasn't looked near as effective as in years past at getting after it on the glass, and Dwight Powell is a pretty average rebounder for a center statistically speaking.
Grant Williams hustles hard for loose balls but his lack of height deters him from getting a fair amount of potential boards, and Richaun Holmes has played sparingly this season for Dallas. On top of the Mavericks' big-man rotation underperforming from a rebounding perspective, their guard rotation is as well.
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving have been the most aggressive guards in terms of attacking the glass by a pretty wide margin, but other Mavericks wings and guards will need to do a better job of tracking long misses and boxing out if Dallas is to change the perception of them being a bad rebounding team.
We'll have you covered with all the latest on Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.