Dallas’ 2022 NBA playoff run to the Western Conference finals highlighted one glaring need — a center.
And with Nico Harrison committing to find the Mavericks a rebounding big man, it is no shock that the organization is scheduling a workout later this month with Israeli League MVP Chinanu Onuaku.
The Mavericks aren’t the only team looking to assess Onuaku’s skills. He will also work out for the Toronto Raptors on June 13 and the Boston Celtics.
Who is Onuaku?
Onuaku averaged 15.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists during the 2021-22 Israeli season. And in the playoffs, he bumped up his averages to 17.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals.
In 2021, Onuaku won the Croatian League championship, while also being named the league MVP. He made appearances on the All-Croatian League First Team and the All-Croatian League All-Defensive Team.
He also holds some NBA experience already, playing for the Houston Rockets from 2016 to 2018. Onuaku appeared in six regular-season games during that stretch.
Prior to his professional playing career, Onuaku played at the University of Louisville, where he averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2 blocks a game. He posted 11 career double-doubles and was an All-ACC Defensive Team member and an All-ACC honorable mention.
At 6-foot-10, Onuaku stands ready to serve as a backup big man, adding depth to a position group that is fairly light on the Mavericks’ depth charts. He isn’t the primary difference-maker Dallas needs, but if his workout goes well, he could be a low-budget addition to a team attempting to compete.
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