The turkey is carved and the pie is set, and for Dallas Maverick fans all that’s left is Saturday night’s matchup against the Washington Wizards.
Currently, the Mavs are fourth in the Western Conference and they are coming off an overtime victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. Everything is well in Mavs land right?
On paper things seems fine, but in reality there are major key areas the Mavs must improve on.
With Black Friday in the works, here are three deals the Dallas Mavericks must shoot for.
1. Unload Marvin Bagley from the Sacramento Kings
One major issue the Mavs are facing, is the lack of big men down low. Currently Dwight Powell is the starting center, but last game Willie Cauley-Stein got the nod. Both players though have struggled to develop into the man Dallas needs.
Let’s start off with Powell. The 6,10 forward is averaging 5.2 rebounds to go with 6.6 points in just under 21 minutes. What’s even worse is over the past five games he has tallied 29 rebounds. Most big men averaged that in just two or three games.
His backup Cauley-Stein isn’t doing much better. The Mav center grabbed two rebounds last game against the Clippers.
Contrast those number to Marvin Bagley and maybe there might be something there. The Kings center has a career averaged of 14.1 points and 7..4 rebounds. Basically if you break it down, he averages two more rebounds than both Dallas centers and almost doubles the amount of points they score. At 22 years old he has plenty of room to grow and would add youth development that could help Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis down low.
2. Snatching Eric Gordon from Houston
Another key area the team must work on is their three-point percentages. Dallas is currently the 23rd best team when it comes to threes. Their best player is merely hitting 31 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. The team best three point shooter is Maxi Kleber who averages 41 percent on three attempts per game.
Besides the starters and Kleber mentioned earlier, Dallas does not have a bench player hitting more than 30 percent of their shots from the arc.
So one solution to the problem who be snagging Eric Gordon from the Houston Rockets. This season Gordon is averaging 41 percent from the three. This is not bad for a player who usually shots around 35-38 percent. He is a sappy veteran who would provide a tremendous offensive spark off the bench.
Just look at his numbers during the month of October. During the beginning of the season he was hitting 55 percent of his threes. In the first game of the season he went 3-4 and hit 75 % of his threes. If you are Dallas, you should definitely take a deep look at adding an extra shooter like Gordon.
3. Just get Goran Dragic already!
One final trade that makes perfect sense this Black Friday is the addition of Doncic’s good friend Goran Dragic. The 13th year veteran might still be holding onto the idea that he will be traded to a contending team, and well there is no reason Dallas should not be in the mix.
We all know that the interest is mutual and there no reason both sides would not be able to work out a deal.
Now Dallas isn’t looking for a point guard right now, but having someone who can take the ball away from Doncic and create opportunities for him and other wouldn’t be a bad thing. He could also be a big compliment to an emerging Jalen Brunson.
Don’t let his career numbers fool you, this is is the lowest career minutes he has averaged since his third year in the league. If given the right opportunity, he can contribute. Just look at his numbers with Miami that past couple of seasons. So why wait?
While the NBA trade deadline is still months away, it is never too late to stop examining trade possibilities for Dallas. We all the Mavs are no where near perfect and any valuable trade would be a win for sure.