Dallas Mavericks final month stock watch: 5 risers, 5 fallers

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5. Falling: Maxi Kleber

This season, one of the harder players to evaluate on the Dallas Mavericks has been Maxi Kleber.

Kleber did battle a nagging toe injury earlier in the season, but his stats have been way down when looking at them compared to years past. Before this season, Kleber averaged 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.9 blocks per game. This season, Kleber averages 4.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.7 blocks per game.

As you can see, Kleber's numbers are way down, and the eye test isn't doing him many favors either. Kleber hasn't been the same player since he tore his hamstring last season, and him battling a toe injury this season has not helped either.

Kleber earns his minutes for his ability to stretch the floor and play the small-ball five, but he has even struggled in these areas as well. Kleber's defense on the perimeter hasn't been good enough to warrant him getting minutes over Dereck Lively II or Daniel Gafford.

Kleber's month of March has been far from ideal, and he must find a way to make more of an impact before the playoffs. In the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Kleber was excellent on both ends of the floor, but it doesn't look like he will ever return to that form.