Maxi Kleber

Maxi Kleber

29-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kleber continued to occupy a sixth-man role in the frontcourt for the Mavericks last season. He's also been a great insurance policy for when Kristaps Porzingis suffers an injury. He saw 26.8 minutes per game last season and averaged 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 combined steals-plus-blocks. That led to him ranking 194th in per-game fantasy production. Kleber's role shouldn't change dramatically heading into 2021-22. However, there's a chance for a slight decrease, as the Mavericks added Moses Brown and Reggie Bullock during the offseason, who could potentially steal a few minutes from Kleber. Ultimately, Kleber is a low-usage offensive option who gets a bump when players ahead of him are injured, so he doesn't serve much of a use in anything but deep fantasy formats. In a best ball format, it could make sense to draft Kleber if you also drafted Porzingis earlier. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $35.6 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Non-factor as starter
FDallas Mavericks
January 20, 2022
Kleber recorded zero points (0-3 FG, 0-3 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 102-98 victory over the Raptors.
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Kleber was battling knee soreness ahead of the contest, but he was ultimately able to suit up. However, he didn't make much of an impact in the box score during his 25 minutes. Over his last five games, Kleber is averaging just 4.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 32.0 percent from the field.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Set to play Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
January 19, 2022
Kleber (knee) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.
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Likely available Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
Knee
January 19, 2022
Kleber (knee) is listed as probable for Tuesday's contest against the Raptors.
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Questionable for Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
Knee
January 18, 2022
Kleber (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Raptors.
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Unable to return
FDallas Mavericks
Knee
January 17, 2022
Kleber has been ruled out for the rest of Monday's game against Oklahoma City due to left knee soreness, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
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Grabs 11 boards in win
FDallas Mavericks
January 7, 2022
Kleber provided eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal across 26 minutes during Friday's 130-106 win over the Rockets.
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