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5 centers Dallas Mavericks could target this offseason

Dallas Mavericks, Rudy Gobert
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Dallas Mavericks, Isaiah Hartenstein
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Center Dallas Mavericks could target this offseason: 4. Isaiah Hartenstein

This might be the surprise name on the list, but fans should not undersell Hartenstein’s game. The seven-footer is only 23 years old, and he keeps improving.

He is splitting time on the LA Clippers with Ivica Zubac where he is averaging over 23 minutes per game in his last ten. In that small sample, he produced 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks on 59.4 percent shooting from the field, including making six 3-pointers.

The outside shot is a new addition for Hartenstein. He attempted 17 3-pointers in his first three NBA seasons combined before making 11 of 26 this year. Teams are giving him space to shoot from beyond the arc, and Hartenstein could mix the pick and roll with some pop actions if the lefty can knock down triples consistently.

Teams are shooting just 58.1 percent in the restricted area with Hartenstein on the floor this season. The best team in the league allows the opposition to shoot 59.2 percent, and the Mavericks have given up 63.8 percent so far this season. Hartenstein ranks 21st in the league in the differential between field goal percentage and the opposing player's average within six feet as the seven-footer is a strong and underrated rim protector.

Isaiah Hartenstein has a nice floater and has scored 1.27 points per possession as a roll man this season. He could be a fantastic fit for the Dallas Mavericks as he could split minutes with Dwight Powell. The 23-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason after making just over $1.7 million this season. Hartenstein could be a discount addition for Dallas that makes a massive impact.

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