The Dallas Mavericks are dealing with a massive COVID outbreak. They put ten players, including superstar Luka Doncic, and three coaches in the health and safety protocols since Dec. 18, and played multiple games shorthanded. The Mavs are finally getting to the other side as Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Maxi Kleber returned in the team’s win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Jan. 2.
Dallas was forced to sign replacement players to continue playing. They inked seven with Brandon Knight and Isaiah Thomas entering the health and safety protocols after being added as fill-ins. The Mavericks signed Marquese Chriss and Theo Pinson to ten-day deals, and the duo played so well that the front office agreed to give both a second ten-day contract.
With the Mavs regulars returning from the health and safety protocols, Dallas will have difficult decisions to make, especially on Chriss. The 6’9 big man has provided a spark for the team, and he is a unique option for head coach Jason Kidd to deploy. They should keep the 24-year-old in Dallas, and here is a look at five reasons why.
5 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks need to keep Marquese Chriss
Chriss was out of the NBA before signing with the Mavericks. He was the eighth overall draft pick in 2016, but the 24-year-old has struggled to nail down a consistent role during his NBA career. The 6’9 big man was recovering from a leg injury and is hungry to prove he belongs in the league.
Marquese Chriss is coming off arguably his best game of the season, and here are five reasons why the team needs Chriss moving forward.