Why Rudy Gobert is the perfect fit for Dallas Mavericks: 2. Defensive anchor
Since the Feb. 10 trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Washington, the Mavericks are 27th in defensive rebounds at 32.0 per game, 24th in defensive rebound percentage, and the opposition is shooting 67.6 percent inside the restricted area to rank 21st in the NBA. Dallas will be searching for a defensive anchor that can protect the rim and clean the glass this offseason.
Gobert solves all the issues for the Mavericks. The opposition is shooting 64.1 percent in the restricted area with the 7’1 big man defending, according to NBA Stats. That would be a top-five mark in the league if an entire team allowed it. He also leads the NBA by grabbing 14.8 boards per game and is blocking over two shots a night for the eighth consecutive season.
Gobert is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and he has made the All-Defensive team five times.
Tyson Chandler and Derek Harper are the only two players in Mavericks history to make the All-Defensive team with the current Mavs broadcaster earning the honors twice. Gobert would be the best defender in the team’s history, and he would solidify the Dallas Mavericks as a top-five defense.