Why Rudy Gobert is the perfect fit for Dallas Mavericks: 3. Rim protection
The Mavs lack a rim protector on their roster since the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Dwight Powell starts at center, but he is blocking just 0.5 shots per game.
Coach Jason Kidd has used Maxi Kleber and Davis Bertans off the bench. Kleber is blocking 1.0 shot per game, but he is not a rim deterrent, and the 6’10 forward has struggled to stay healthy over the last two years. The team has allowed Luka Doncic to roam as a weak-side rim protect since Kleber went out.
Yes, teams will go small and space the floor in the playoffs, but that is one of the many things that makes Rudy Gobert special. The 7’1 big man is an elite rim protector, who is not afraid to defend on the perimeter. Gobert put together multiple fantastic defensive possessions against Luka Doncic this season as he hung with him on drives and end up blocking his shot.
The 29-year-old contests the second-most shots per game this season behind only Jakob Poeltl. Gobert fills a need and takes the Dallas Mavericks' ability to protect the rim from question mark to elite with just one addition.
With Kristaps Porzingis in Washington, the Mavs proved they are not afraid to shake things up and adjust to the team’s strengths. Rudy Gobert would be an elite rim protector on the backline of the Dallas Mavericks' improved defense, while getting more offensive touches than in Utah.