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Why the Mavericks need to trade for Myles Turner

Dallas Mavericks, Myles Turner
Dallas Mavericks, Myles Turner / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Myles Turner
Dallas Mavericks, Myles Turner / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Dallas Mavericks need to trade for Myles Turner: 2. Spaces the floor

In 2020, the Mavs produced one of the highest offensive ratings in NBA history by spacing the floor for superstar Luka Doncic and letting him attack. The 22-year-old is one of the best offensive creators in basketball and opening up the floor makes Dallas impossible to stop.

Turner is a stretch five with a career 35.3 3-point percentage over 1,109 attempts. The Pacers have asked him to shoot more in recent years as the paring with Domantas Sabonis has not been ideal. Coming to Dallas to play with Kristaps Porzingis fits better because both men can space the floor and be the roll man.

Turner is scoring 1.22 points per possession as a roll man this season, which ranks in the top 33 percent of the league. He only gets 2.0 possessions per game because he often shares the floor with Sabonis, but Mavs head coach Jason Kidd could better utilize his skillset in Dallas.

Traditional Mavericks centers have attempted 34 3-pointers this season over 40 games. Turner has taken 171 in 39 contests. Fans have been frustrated by the team’s lack of space this season after watching Rick Carlisle’s five-out system for years. Trading for Myles Turner gives the Dallas Mavericks more room to operate and should help their offense get to another level.

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