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07/30/2013

Mavericks make another upgrade over last season

Hi-res-112755613_crop_northThis is not exactly the most exciting news for fans of the Dallas Mavericks, but in their attempt to win the fifth seed in the Western Conference they have secured an upgrade over the previous season's team in another spot.

The team is on the verge of signing Spurs free agent forward DeJuan Blair to a one-year deal. Blair would be an immediate upgrade over Elton Brand, who signed this offseason with the Atlanta Hawks.

He is 6-foot-7, 265 pounds but has a big frame and can beat up people. Phsyically, he would remind you of David West, without his touch around the rim or jumper from 15 feet.

When Blair was a rookie out of Pittsburgh, he looked like he had the makings of becoming a nice, bruising power forward. A guy who scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench.

As a rookie in 2009-'10, Blair played in all 82 games with the San Antonio Spurs and averaged 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Since then, it's been a straight ride down the bench.

Last season, he averaged 5.4 points, 3.8 boards and a career-low 14.0 minutes per game.

When he's "good", he can push people around, defend the low block, and grab some boards and score junk buckets. 

He should be in the Mavs rotation, and be better than Brand.

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