10 Win-now players the Mavericks should trade up for in NBA Draft

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5. DaRon Holmes II

Aside from the guard and wing positions, the Dallas Mavericks could be looking to upgrade their center spot. Last year, the team did an excellent job trading down to draft Dereck Lively II. Dallas also boosted their frontcourt by adding Daniel Gafford into the mix at the trade deadline.

However, aside from those two player, the team does not have a third reliable center.

One option for the Mavs is DaRon Holmes II. The former Dayton center could be the third center Dallas is looking for.

Some strengths include his ability to score and protect the paint. Last season, he scored 20.4 points, while shooting 54.4 percent. During the postseason, he averaged a double-double with 20.5 points per game and 10 rebounds.

Holmes II has a smooth jump shot, as he has the natural ability to score down low. He can knock down shots from the perimeter or attack the paint inside.

Another positive for him is shot-blocking. Holmes II averaged 2.1 blocks per game last year. He does well at forcing his opponents to overcommit, and not making unnecessary fouls.

His frame might be concerning though, as he comes in at as a 6-foot-9 center weighing 236 pounds. Holmes II would need to add some muscle if he hopes to make a name for himself in the NBA. On the plus side, he has a 7-foot-1 wingspan.

Holmes II would be a perfect candidate to grow alongside Lively II and Gafford.