The Dallas Mavericks are a one-man team at times thanks to the brilliance of Luka Doncic. The Slovenian superstar is averaging 25.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, and 8.5 APG for his team through 18 games and has placed Dallas in playoff seeding yet again. That means there is a ton of pressure on Luka to perform at a high level because without his superstar contributions in every facet of the game, the Mavericks are a little thin on the roster.
Kristaps Porzingis was an All-Star 4 seasons ago, but he has not been able to replicate his form following his ACL injury. The big man has been solid this year by putting up 19.7 PPG and 8.0 RPG, but he is not convincing anyone that he has the ability to make the Mavericks better in the big games. Quite frankly, Porzingis is not a solid second option for a title contender.
Dallas need to find another contributor for their team to help Luka Doncic on offense while giving Porzingis a player he can rely on when he isn’t playing well. The Mavericks are very fortunate to have a 22-year old superstar in their hands, so they need to maximize the talent on the roster to help Luka lead them to the promised land. Without further ado, here are the 5 best targets for the Dallas Mavericks.
5. Mitchell Robinson
Trade Package: Maxi Kleber, Moses Brown, 2025 Second-Round Pick (Top-48 Protected) for Mitchell Robinson
The Knicks big man has not taken a massive step up in his game yet because of the incredible performances by Julius Randle. The All-Star big man is often given the green light on offense, which means a center who is restricted to the post is not always the right option at times. Despite that, Robinson is averaging 6.9 PPG and 7.7 RPG while blocking 1.7 BPG.
Dallas already have a massive center in Kristaps Porzingis in the post, but Robinson would immediately improve the Mavericks side as a backup big or a starter who can block shots and rebound alongside Kristaps. The Mavericks could certainly use an active center because anyone helps when pushing for a playoff seeding.
4. Goran Dragic
Trade Package: Buyout
Of course, Goran Dragic would be a perfect fit for the Dallas Mavericks because he is a national teammate of Luka Doncic. Dragic is certainly older at 35 years old, but the former All-Star is still capable of running an offense and making smart plays on the court.