4 Best free agent fits for the Dallas Mavericks after the 2023 NBA Draft

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3. Jakob Poeltl

Jakob Poeltl is a big center, standing at 7-foot-1 and 245 pounds, and has spent most of his career with the San Antonio Spurs. However, he was traded back to the team that drafted him (ninth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft), the Toronto Raptors, at the deadline last season.

He does everything you would expect a big center to do. Since he became a full-time starter two seasons ago, he's averaged 12.9 points (on 62.4 percent shooting), 9.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

The 27-year-old doesn't shoot threes at all, as he's never attempted a single three-point shot in his entire career. However, he has a serviceable post-game and will score off of put-backs from offensive rebounds.

Even though he doesn't average many assists, he is a more than capable passer and sees the floor relatively well for a big man.

While Poeltl isn't considered an elite defender, he is smart and can shine in the right situations. He just isn't going to be a big that can switch on screens and won't always be able to make up for defensive mistakes made by other teammates on the perimeter. Poeltl is at his best when the ball is funneled toward him inside, and when guarding opposing bigs in the post.

After the Dallas Mavericks drafted Derek Lively and traded for Richaun Holmes, Poeltl would most likely slot in as the Mavs starting center and give Lively a chance to develop. He plays with a high basketball IQ and would be able to fit in well with almost any team.