Case for the Dallas Mavericks trading for Myles Turner
Turner is a massive upgrade over Dwight Powell, Willie Cauley-Stein, and the rest of the team’s center rotation. The 6’11 big man is averaging 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 29.1 minutes per game, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 39.7 percent on his 3-pointers through 26 contests.
Turner’s ability to stretch the floor and knock down jumpers would be massive in Dallas. The team’s current centers are eight of 21 from 3-point range through 24 games. The Mavericks' lack of shooting at the five has forced Kristaps Porzingis to be a floor spacer. Head coach Jason Kidd could show off multiple different wrinkles if the Mavericks add Turner or another stretch five before the deadline.
He would be a massive defensive upgrade too. Turner has already led the league in blocks twice as he continues to improve his rebounding and perimeter chops.
Coach Kidd has made defense a focus for the Mavs this season, but they are lacking talent. Grabbing Myles Turner would change things. He is a plus-shooter and defender that should improve when he becomes the true five in the lineup, but there are plenty of reasons why the Dallas Mavericks have not traded for Turner yet.