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Mavericks: Should Dallas trade for Marvin Bagley?

Dallas Mavericks, Marvin Bagley III
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Dallas Mavericks, Marvin Bagley III
Dallas Mavericks, Marvin Bagley III / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Case for the Dallas Mavericks trading for Marvin Bagley III

There are plenty of reasons why Bagley went second overall ahead of Luka Doncic. He is an athletic big man with an improving jumper. The 22-year-old averaged 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game last season while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Had he played for Dallas, he would have been fourth in the team in scoring and third in rebounding.

Fans have not seen the best from Bagley either. He increased his 3-point percentage to 34.3 last season and produced a career-high 54.2 effective field goal percentage. It is not out of the question that in 30 minutes per game, Bagley could average 20 points, ten rebounds, and over one block.

He was also 15 of 31 on left corner 3-pointers last season, which is clearly a shot the Kings were attempting to add to his game. Mavs superstar Luka Doncic is one of the best shot creators in the NBA, and fans know he loves finding open teammates in the corners.

The case for acquiring Marvin Bagley III revolves around what he could become. The 22-year-old would need to eliminate some bad habits and keep expanding his game. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday that Sacramento is not actively looking to trade Bagley, but if he is outside the rotation, the 6’11 big man can likely be had for the right price.

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