Dallas thinks that the 24-year-old Blair, who is on the verge of signing, is a good fit with Dirk Nowitzki because of his popping ability. That’s particularly important when playing with Dirk, the premier jump-shooting power forward in NBA history.
Blair isn't a premier shot-blocker but is a banger down low and has a career average of 11.1 rebounds per 36 minutes, better than Elton Brand last year. Blair is also willing to take charges consistently and is a savvy defender not shy to absorb contact.
Brand was a bargain addition for Dallas last season, when the Mavs paid him $2.1 million after acquiring him via amnesty waivers. With a veteran-minimum salary, Blair has even better value and is another offseason addition that vastly improves this Mavs team.
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