Gaval McGee brings specific strengths to the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks It caused chaos in the early stages of this off season. The Mavericks allowed Galen Bronson to leave without making a competitive bid to retain his services. While the Mavericks might make you think money wasn’t a factor in that decision, their offer was not financially competitive. The Mavericks then made the bizarre decision to give Gaval McGee the second biggest contract of his career despite his advanced age (34).

McGee signs a four-year, $44 million contract with Denver Nuggets In 2012 after completing a starter deal. At the time, he was a very promising 24-year-old who had not yet become a staple of Two Bean Apartments. After that contract, he signed four different contracts for at least one year. One of them was with Mavericks in 2015. He then signed a two-year, $8.2 million contract with Los Angeles Lakers Before finally signing a one-year, $5 million contract with Phoenix Suns Last season.

The contract he signed with the Mavericks blew up all of them despite his age. The length of the current contract and the player’s choice in this decade angered many, which is clearly an overpayment. But that doesn’t change the fact that McGee has been helping the Mavericks on the field this season. I miss him so openly On our podcast about Mavericks exit interviews.

Dwight Powell has been the Mavericks’ only edge running option for years. No matter how you feel about Powell, he truly is an elite as a roll guy. Many tend to dismiss this ability by giving her credit for Luka Doncic, but Powell was an elite before Doncic came to Dallas. McGee is also an elite man. He was the fourth-best player by lap in the league during the playoffs last season although that efficiency came at a handful of attempts. Most importantly, he demonstrated the ability to be in or above the 90th percentile in every season.

The difference between McGee and Powell is that McGee is also an elite edge protector and rebounder. The Powell is terrible in both areas, requiring the Mavericks to choose between having a rim runner or a competent rim guard in the Maxi Clipper. McGee does not require this selection. Powell allowed opponents to shoot 63.6% over the edge last season. McGee allowed opponents to shoot 51.8 percent in the same positions.

NBA teams don’t value rebounds for a variety of reasons, but all things being equal, it’s better to get a rebound than to let the opponent do it. McGee had 29.7 percent of all available defensive rebounds while on the field last season. Dwight Powell collected 14.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds while on the field last season. Some of this can be attributed to the Mavericks wanting to grab Doncic as many rebounds as possible, but Powell is without a doubt one of McGee’s greatest successes.

One of the things that will surprise Mavericks fans who forgot McGee from his previous stay at the Mavericks is how much more variety he has than Powell. Powell has had 70.8 percent of his shots from three feet from the basket this season. McGee only took 53.5 percent of his shots from the same distance.

McGee has outgrown his penchant for trying the daring shots that were part of his “two flats idiot” pedigree. But he added the ability to finish floats and even some short “Dirk fades” as he took 37.1 percent of his 3-to-10-foot shots last season. It made them incredibly cool 58.8 percent.

McGee isn’t the greatest thing since slicing bread. It will not fundamentally change the outcome of who wins the play-offs. But he is a promotion over Powell for the 13-15 minutes per game he will play in the regular season and playoffs. He’ll need a different style of defense than Powell’s. McGee is primarily a big “drop” guy. McGee swapped just 43 screens last season per Synergy Sports data.

It’s also a great body to absorb some of the wear and tear that Clipper and Christian Wood would be best avoided until qualifying. The Mavericks showed their bread jammed with butter as he played five strokes. McGee clearly isn’t part of that. But he will help and although he may have been overpaid, it is the only move the Mavericks have made since the free agency started that will actually help.