Ever since Tyson Chandler left in free agency after the 2011 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks have not had a starting-level center next to Dirk Nowitzki in the frontcourt. Owning the 32nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, there are a number of ways the Mavericks can go to improve this team. If Rick Carlisle and Mark Cuban want a new center, they should look no further than Walter Tavares.
No matter how much teaching and coaching you can give to a player, something you can’t teach is height.At 7’3″, Tavares is easily one of the tallest and most frightening players in this draft class. Playing in the Spanish ACB league, Tavares is one of the best rebounders and shot-blockers in Europe. The problem with Tavares is that he is still new to the game of basketball and his offensive game needs a ton of refinement.
The Mavericks wouldn’t be drafting Tavares to play offense. By bringing back Nowitzki, the Mavericks will have an intriguing frontcourt because they will have a player who can stretch the floor and a player who can make all of the dirty work plays in the paint. Tavares has compared his offensive game to Tim Duncan and his defensive game to Dwight Howard. While Tavares needs coaching, he has the tools to be an immediate presence in the paint next to Nowitzki.