Maxi Kleber
Maxi Kleber
29-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
GTD
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 5/16/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The German big man continued to improve in his third career NBA season, posting career highs across the board. While he started in just 21 of his 74 games, he played 25.5 minutes per game, up significantly from his 21.2 minutes the previous season. His points per game jumped from 6.8 to 9.1, corresponding to a jump from 11.6 to 12.8 on a per-36-minute basis. Kleber's usage rate remained quite low at 13.9 percent, but his shot breakdown and effectiveness changed. He shot 4.3 three-pointers per game, up from 3.1 in 2018-19, and increased his percentage from beyond the arc from 35.3 percent to 37.3 percent. That doesn't appear to be a fluke but rather a reflection of an overall improvement in his shooting stroke, as his effectiveness at the free-throw line jumped significantly for the second straight season, coming in at 84.9 percent. His non-scoring contributions were modest, as his 5.2 rebounds per game ranked just fifth on the team, but a 6-foot-10 big man with his ability to knock down threes at a high clip should remain a useful rotation player going forward. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $35 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Maximilian "Maxi" Kleber was born in Wurzburg, Germany in 1992. He is from the same hometown as former Mavericks great (and former teammate) Dirk Nowitzki. Kleber played youth basketball with TG Veitshochheim, SC Heuchelhof and TG Wurzburg before turning pro during the 2011-12 season. Kleber was the Mavericks' nominee for the February 2020 NBA Cares Community Assist Award for "his continuous charitable and philanthropic efforts to empower children and families throughout the year." Among his community contributions, Kleber has served holiday meals, broken in new basketball courts and visited children in hospitals after games. He has also provided community tickets to HopeKids, an organization that provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical conditions, in Dallas. Learn more about Kleber by following him on Twitter (@MaxiKleber) and Instagram (@maximilian.kleber).

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As a teenager, Kleber made his way through German leagues before coming to the NBA. He made his professional debut in 2011-12 for s.Oliver Baskets in his hometown of Wurzberg as part of the Basketball Budesliga. He was a bench player in his first season and played 7.0 minutes per game, but he played significant minutes in his second season, where he averaged 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. After the season, he declared for the NBA Draft, but he subsequently withdrew his name. Kleber moved to Spain for the 2014-15 season and provided 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for Obradoiro CAB. After a year away from his home country, the 6-foot-10 center signed with Bayern Munich. In his first season, Kleber averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds and followed that up in his last year with Bayern with 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Kleber has also played for the German National Team and appeared in the 2014 EuroBasket qualification rounds. He signed with the Dallas Mavericks in July 2017.

Doubtful for Sunday
FDallas Mavericks
Achilles
May 15, 2021
Kleber (Achilles) is doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Timberwolves, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Kleber will likely miss a second straight game, which also marks the Mavericks' final regular-season contest. The Mavs have avoided the play-in tournament, so the next time we could see Kleber will be the start of the playoffs next weekend.
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2019

The 2019-20 season marked Kleber's third season in the NBA and his third with the Mavericks. He appeared in a league-high 74 games, averaging career highs in points (9.1), rebounds (5.2), threes (1.6) and assists (1.2) per game. Kleber also drew 21 starts. The 6-foot-10 big man set career marks in three-point percentage (37.3) and free-throw percentage (84.9). On Dec. 31 against the Thunder, Kleber grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and added 14 points and two assists. Shortly after, on Jan. 4 against the Hornets, Kleber hit a career-high six three pointers en route to 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block. In a win against the Magic on Feb. 21, Kleber scored a career-high 26 points and added three rebounds, one assist and one block. Kleber swatted a season-high five blocks on two separate occasions -- first at Atlanta on Feb. 22 and second against the Pelicans on Mar. 4. During that Mar. 4 victory, Kleber also provided a season-high four assists. On Mar. 2, Kleber registered his second and last double-double of the season with 13 points, 10 boards and two blocks during a close loss at Chicago. During the NBA bubble in Orlando on Aug. 11 against the Trail Blazers, Kleber secured a season-high two steals in addition to 12 points, four rebounds and one block. Kleber started all of Dallas' six playoff games against the Clippers. During the post-season, Kleber averaged 6.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 33.9 minutes per contest.

2018

Kleber had a solid sophomore year for the Mavericks in 2018-19, responding to increased minutes with improved production. The German import played in 71 games and started 18 times. He posted notable upticks in points (6.8), rebounds (4.6) and blocks (1.1) per game. Kleber also showed improvement in his 3-point shooting, hitting at a 35.3 percent clip from long range, which gave him the confidence to take many more attempts (3.1 per game, up from 1.8). He was reliable at the free-throw line, albeit in a limited sample, hitting 78.4 percent of his shots. After mostly playing a rotational role for much of the season, Kleber saw a spike in minutes toward the end of the year and took advantage. He recorded all five of his double-digit-rebounding games in his last 14 games of the year, posting three double-doubles in the process. That included his finest game of the season, when Kleber set a season high with 18 points and a career high with 12 rebounds Mar. 16 against Cleveland. All told, he scored in double digits 21 times.

2017

Kleber came over from the German pro league to sign with the Mavericks ahead of the 2017-18 season. The 26-year-old rookie appeared in 72 games for Dallas, making 36 starts. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per contest. Despite averaging just 16.8 minutes per game, he scored double-digit points on 12 occasions and blocked multiple shots nine times. The 6-foot-10 stretch four shot an effective 48.9 percent from the floor, including 31.3 percent from 3-point territory. He made 9-of-10 field goals for a career-high 21 points at San Antonio on Dec. 16. Kleber stuffed the stat sheet the day after Christmas versus Toronto, picking up 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists, five blocks and two steals in a 98-93 win. That was his second five-block game within a span of three weeks, as he'd also rejected five shots Dec. 6 against Boston. Kleber posted his first NBA double-double at Philadelphia on Apr. 8, notching 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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Transaction History
  • July 13, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Kleber recorded career highs in points (6.8), rebounds (4.6), combined blocks/steals (1.6) and threes (1.1) across 21.2 minutes in his second season with Dallas. The big man defends well, can stretch the floor with his three-point shooting and can play forward or center. Those abilities landed him a four-year, $35 million extension this offseason to stay with the Mavericks. Though Kleber played the most minutes of his career last season, his role may shrink in year three given the acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis. Kleber will battle Dwight Powell for the starting center job, but Powell seems to have the inside track. Kleber could see more run if Porzingis isn't fully healthy, but for now, the former seems to be the odd man out in the frontcourt. As a result, he can likely go undrafted in standard leagues.
Kleber surprisingly pushed for a sizable role in the frontcourt as a rookie. He picked up 36 starts across 72 games, though that didn't necessarily turn into standard league production for Fantasy purposes. Kleber still only averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds across 16.8 minutes. Looking forward to the 2018-19 season, Kleber could find playing time even harder to come by. The Mavericks added star center DeAndre Jordan this offseason and also bring back Dwight Powell and Dirk Nowitzki in the frontcourt. In addition, Harris Barnes often gets run at the power forward position, so Kleber is likely only going to get spot minutes for much of the year. Go ahead and avoid Kleber for Fantasy purposes in his second season.
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Won't play Friday
FDallas Mavericks
Achilles
May 14, 2021
Kleber is unavailable for Friday's game against the Raptors with right Achilles soreness, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Limited role in return
FDallas Mavericks
May 12, 2021
Kleber (Achilles) tallied three points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes off the bench Tuesday in a 133-104 loss to the Grizzlies.
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Cleared to return
FDallas Mavericks
May 11, 2021
Kleber (Achilles) will make his return Tuesday against Memphis, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Questionable Tuesday
FDallas Mavericks
Achilles
May 10, 2021
Kleber (Achilles) is questionable for Tuesday's game at Memphis.
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Practices Monday
FDallas Mavericks
Achilles
May 10, 2021
Kleber (Achilles) was able to go through a full practice Monday, Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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