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Why the Mavericks need to trade for Myles Turner

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Why the Dallas Mavericks need to trade for Myles Turner: 3. Upgrade

Head coach Jason Kidd quickly declared Kristaps Porzingis would start at the four during training camp, and the Mavs have used Dwight Powell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Moses Brown, and Boban Marjanovic at the five. That quartet has struggled on both ends of the floor, and Dallas has been most successful going small with KP or Maxi Kleber playing center.

Dallas is exploring avenues to keep Marquese Chriss, who they signed as a replacement player because the team has struggled at the five.

Turner is an upgrade over the Mavericks' current center crop in every facet of the game. He is averaging 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks in 29.7 minutes per game this season. The 6’11 big man shoots 51.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent on his threes, and 74.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Dallas is 16th in rebound percentage, mostly because their centers struggle to grab boards. Luka Doncic leads the team at 8.2 per game with Kristaps Porzingis pulling in 8.0. Maxi Kleber is the only other player grabbing more than five a night. Turner’s rebounding is likely to improve in a new situation as he will not be battling current teammate Domantas Sabonis for boards.

Turner would be fifth on the Mavericks in scoring, sixth in 3-point percentage, and that does not even examine his two most important skills.