Dallas Mavericks need to keep Maxi Kleber healthy for the playoffs
Kleber is an important part of the Mavs success because he was a unique ability. The 6’10 big man can both defend on the perimeter and protect the rim, which allows him to guard nearly any player on the court. He is the only Maverick that can do it, so Dallas needs him when the games matter most.
Kleber has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he talked about how they almost ruined his NBA dreams. The 29-year-old has already missed nine games this season and was limited to 50 one year ago with an Achilles issue that rendered him a non-factor in the playoffs.
There is a worry that if the Dallas Mavericks extend his minutes, that Kleber will not be able to stay healthy. He has never played more than 26.8 minutes per game during his NBA career. How many can Maxi handle before he breaks down? It is something coach Jason Kidd and the Mavs are trying to figure out.
Still, the Mavericks are hemorrhaging points at the beginning of each half with Dwight Powell or Willie Cauley-Stein on the floor. They need to insert Maxi Kleber into their starting group and manage his minutes by playing smaller with Jalen Brunson and Reggie Bullock coming in to push Kristaps Porzingis to the five. Stay tuned to see if the changes are coming.