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Dallas Mavericks: Ranking newly acquired players by career thus far

By Creighton Branch
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Ranking newly acquired Dallas Mavericks: 5. EJ Onu

Onu might be the most interesting prospect that the Mavs signed this season. Although his draft stock went underappreciated, he could end up being a dark horse in the 2021 rookie class. His combination of outstanding height and size, standing 6'11 and weighing 240 pounds, has caused trouble for opposing college teams down low. He could be a great help to the Mavs' big man issues.  

Onu will likely have to work harder than any of the new signees to make the final roster, but that does not mean he is any less of a terrific player. Onu comes from the NAIA ranks, where he played at Shawnee State. He walked into the program and instantly made an impact by averaging 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. By the end of his tenure, he shot 52.3 percent from the field and led the NAIA in blocks per game with 5.69. 

He led the Bears to a remarkable 31-2 record last year and capped it off with an NAIA national championship. He gained a first-team All MSC honors and earned Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Year. 

The one concern is his free throw shooting, averaging 72.0 percent in his career and as low as 67.9 percent in the 2019-2020 season.

EJ Onu may have the highest upside of any of the Dallas Mavericks' recent acquisitions, but he needs time to develop.