Why the Dallas Mavericks need to keep Marquese Chriss: 4. Rebounding
The Mavs struggle to secure rebounds, and fans have seen it cost them late in games in recent years. Luka Doncic leads the team in rebounds per game this season at 8.0 with Kristaps Porzingis just behind. Maxi Kleber grabs 5.8 a night, which sits third. Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein are below-average rebounders, and it has hurt the Mavericks, who sit 24th in rebounds per game this season.
Marquese Chriss is averaging 5.5 rebounds in 13.6 minutes over his six games so far in Dallas. He sits fourth on the team, despite averaging less than 14 minutes per game. Powell grabs 4.6 rebounds in 20.1 minutes a night, and Cauley-Stein stands at 2.1 in 9.8 minutes.
Chriss is not the biggest player on the court. He is listed at 6’9 and 240 pounds, but he emphasizes rebounding. The 24-year-old is going to crash the glass, especially on the defensive end of the floor, and try to limit the opposition to one shot.
His ability to rebound alone could earn Chriss a role on the Dallas Mavericks. The team could use him as a backup big man and insert him late in games to secure much-needed boards. Dallas has seen more than one game slip away because they have failed to secure a rebound, but Chriss could help them change that.