The Dallas Mavericks have a lot on their plate this offseason, as the team looks to revamp their roster. Some key areas the Mavs must improve on include finding a wing defender, a locked in shooter and a big man who can control the paint.
We take a dive into four free agents the Dallas Mavericks have interest in and breakdown where each player fits within the organization.
The following athletes have been linked to the team in some way or another.
1. Norman Powell
One player on Dallas’ radar is free agent Norman Powell. Powell is a scoring shooting guard/small forward who can control the tempo of the game. Over the past three seasons, he has been able to up his game by doubling his points.
For his first four seasons of his career, he averaged around 7 PPG. Fast forward to the past three years and he is scoring 17.5. As far as this season, he put in 18.6 points. Powell’s best game this year came on March 11th where he tallied 33 points, four assists and shot 60 percent from behind the arc.
On the defensive side of the ball, he is a really aggressive player who fights for every loose ball. Some minor issues include his lack of defensive speed and inability to post up shooters.
When it comes down to it, I think Powell would make a great shooting guard (especially if Hardaway Jr. leaves) and potentially a superb sixth man,
So to sum it all up, Dallas should swipe right when it comes to Powell and give the man a chance at helping Luka Doncic lead the offense.
2. Spencer Dinwiddie
Another guard on the team’s tracker is former Net, Spencer Dinwiddie. Before his season ending injury this past year, Dinwiddie had a terrific 2020 campaign. During the 2019-2020 NBA season, the young guard averaged 20.6 PPG to go with 6.8 assists and 3 defensive rebounds.
Transition his numbers to his game log and the young fella could ball. Back on March 2020 he scored 24 and 23 points. Not only that, he shot above 40 percent both games and went nearly perfectly from the free-throw line.
However there are some issues in signing Dinwiddie. The first one is that his asking price may be a little too high for Dallas. He is currently seeking 125 million over the next five season. Secondly, he is coming off a dangerous ACL injury. The third and final reason is even before the ACL injury, the former Net was only averaging 6.7 points to go with three games. His three points shooting was below 33 percent and numbers failed to match those of year’s past.
In reality, Dallas should stray away from guys like Dinwiddie. Unless they want to go down a deep hole, they must learn from past seasons.
3. John Collins
John Collins is another player who may have a high asking price. The Hawks forward is coming off one of his best seasons this past year.
During the 2020-2021 season Collins averaged 17.6 PPG to tag along with 7.4 (5 of which were defensive) and a 55 percent field goal percentage. While the young guard has been productive in past years, he still had a stellar season and many teams are taking notice.
His best season came in the 2019-2020 one where he scored 21.6 points and shot 58.3 percent from the field.
Collins’ best game came against the Milwaukee Bucks this playoff season, where he had 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Some of his key highlights include his ability to space the floor and crash the rim.
One downside is the current Hawk may be seeking a max deal if he were to leave Atlanta.
If Dallas is truly interested in solving their problems down low, Collins may be just the man. While his price may be high, the team will certainly have a bright future. So, let’s take the man out on a date and see what he is all about.
4. Nerlens Noel
One final player on the team’s list in Nerlens Noel. You heard that right, the former Mav is gaining interest from the team once again.
Since his time in Dallas, Noel has been around the league playing for teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks.
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During his last season with the Mavs back in 2018, the current center averaged 4.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Transition to this past year with the Knicks and the veteran has been able to up his game. For New York he put in 5.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and tagged those with 2.2 blocks.
Noel is not a dominant center who will score 8-12 points a game, but he will make his presence known down low.
While there is a chance he could mesh well with Doncic, I believe the team must not ask for a second date. Yes time his time in Dallas was short, but the squad must look elsewhere if they want to improve upon their rebounding woes.
These are just couple of players that team has considered when it comes to the current offseason.
If you ask me, there are other free agents I would want on the team’s radar including Lonzo Ball and Kelly Oubre Jr. Get ready, this offseason is going to get interesting.