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5 centers Dallas Mavericks could target this offseason

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The Dallas Mavericks secured homecourt in a playoffs series for the first time since winning the championship in 2011. After two straight first-round exits, expectations are rising in Dallas. Luka Doncic and company no longer just want to be in the playoffs, but they eye contending for a championship.

The front office made a massive move at the trade deadline when they shipped Kristaps Porzingis to Washington for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. It split KP’s max contract into two smaller deals and improved the Mavericks' flexibility moving forward.

The trade has been a success, but it hurt the Mavericks' rebounding and rim protection. Their much-improved defense has slipped to 14th and allows 113.6 points per 100 possessions since deadline day. Dallas is going to need another center this offseason, but what type of player will they target?

5 centers Dallas Mavericks could target this offseason

Traditional big men struggle to stay on the floor in the playoffs as teams go smaller and spread the floor. Centers need to be able to protect the rim and defend on the perimeter if they want to play a significant role in the postseason.

Playing the five in a Luka Doncic led offense means being his primary pick and roll partner. Fans love the chemistry and easy buckets created when Dwight Powell is at the five. Powell will be back in Dallas next season, but he is best suited for 15-20 minutes per game, which leaves plenty of minutes for a rim protector and roll man.

Here are five big men the Dallas Mavericks could this offseason as they look to improve their roster.

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