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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: 1. Rim protector

Since Jason Kidd was hired to be head coach last summer, he has been committed to improving the Mavs defense. They have held the opposition under 100 points in six of their last seven games to move up to sixth in defensive rating on the season. The Hall of Fame point guard knows Dallas has to be a top ten unit to be true title contenders.

One area where the Mavericks have struggled is defending the rim as the opposition is shooting 65.8 percent in the restricted area, which is the sixth-worst mark in the league. With Tuner on the floor, teams are shooting 61.6 percent against the Pacers. That would rank as the fourth-best percentage in the NBA.

The 25-year-old big man is averaging 2.9 blocks per game, but he also deters shots at the rim. Turner is one of the best defensive anchors in the game and will likely be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.

The Dallas Mavericks' commitment to defense makes acquiring Myles Turner a no-brainer. His ability to space the floor and be a pick and roll partner for Luka Doncic makes him even more valuable, and Dallas should be doing whatever it takes to bring Turner back home before the Feb. 10 trade deadline.

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