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Breaking down Dallas Mavericks search for a big man this offseason

Dallas Mavericks, Mo Bamba
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Dallas Mavericks, Mo Bamba
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Mo Bamba is an unlikely target but the best choice for the Dallas Mavericks

In the 2018 draft, I was one of the biggest Mo Bamba fans. After watching him a lot at Texas, I believed he would be the Mavericks pick at fifth overall. Bamba ended up going six, and his NBA career got off to a slow start mainly because he was sitting behind two-time All-Star big man Nikola Vucevic.

When Bamba finally got his chance as a starting center, he proved to be extremely valuable in this league. Bamba has improved his 3-point shot dramatically, raising it from 32 percent in his first three years to an elite 38 percent this year.

Bamba is one of the longest players in the NBA, and he uses that length to be one of the league's best shot blockers at 1.7 per game. This length also makes him a fantastic lob man and pick and roll partner for Luka. His shooting makes him a perfect fit as now the Mavericks would not have to give up a size to go to Maxi Kleber to stretch the floor.

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Mo Bamba can do all the things the other three guys mentioned can do at some level. He is only 24, and his asking price isn't going to be unreasonable. Bamba should be the Dallas Mavericks' number one option to address their big man problem, and if they can snag him and land a player like Zach LaVine, Dallas will be a bonafide contender in the Western Conference.