The Dallas Mavericks got their home court in a playoff series for the first time since winning the championship in 2011. After two straight first-round outings, expectations are rising in Dallas. Luka Doncic and company no longer just want to make the playoffs, but they plan to fight for a championship.
The front office made a massive move at the trade deadline when they shipped Kristaps Porzingis to Washington for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. He split KP’s maximum contract into two smaller deals and improved the Mavericks’ flexibility going forward.
The trade was successful, but it hurt the Mavericks’ rebound and rim protection. Their much-improved defense slipped to 14th and allows 113.6 points per 100 possessions since the deadline. Dallas will need another center this offseason, but what type of player will they be targeting?
Traditional big men struggle to stay on the floor during the playoffs as teams get smaller and stretch the floor. Centers need to be able to protect the rim and defend on the perimeter if they want to play a significant role in the playoffs.
Playing all five in an attack led by Luka Doncic means being his main go-and-roll partner. Fans love the chemistry and easy buckets created when Dwight Powell is on five. Powell will be back in Dallas next season, but he’s best suited for 15-20 minutes per game, which leaves plenty of minutes for a rim protector and a rolling man.
Here are five big men the Dallas Mavericks could this offseason as they look to improve their roster.