Maxi Kleber

Maxi Kleber

32-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
GTD
Injury Toe
Est. Return 3/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Kleber has been a borderline fantasy player throughout his career, and it looks like that's what's going to happen again this season. The versatile big man has developed into a solid stretch-five for Dallas, but he's really not asked to do much with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving swallowing so much usage. Kleber is coming off his worst campaign since his rookie season, averaging 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.1 threes across 25 minutes. He was barely relevant in the three years prior, averaging 7.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.6 threes. He's never played more than 26 minutes a night in any of his six seasons. That looks like his role in the upcoming season as well because Dallas added Grant Williams and Richaun Holmes. If anything, Kleber is looking at a reduced workload and could fall out of the rotation altogether at times if he's not knocking down some threes and protecting the rim. All of that makes him impossible to trust from a fantasy perspective, and he should only be drafted in the deepest of formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $33 million contract extension with the Mavericks in September of 2022.
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.

Ruled out for Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
Toe
February 28, 2024
Kleber (toe) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.
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Kleber will rest on the second leg of this back-to-back, but there's a decent chance he'll return for Friday's game in Boston. Expect some extra minutes for Derrick Jones and P.J. Washington with Kleber watching from the sidelines.
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How does Maxi Kleber compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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  • Turnover %
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57.5%
 
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55.8%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
57.9%
 
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26.3%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.8%
 
Defensive Rebound %
14.0%
 
Total Rebound %
8.9%
 
Assist %
9.6%
 
Steal %
0.7%
 
Block %
2.9%
 
Turnover %
11.6%
 
Usage %
10.9%
 
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14.9
 
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No timetable for return
FDallas Mavericks
December 20, 2022
Kleber underwent surgery to repair a torn right hamstring Tuesday, and the Mavericks have no clear timetable for his return.
ANALYSIS
The veteran forward hasn't played since December 12 after initially being diagnosed with a knee strain, but further testing revealed the hamstring tear. Kleber's absence will likely last months, not weeks, forcing Dallas to lean more heavily on players such as Davis Bertans and Christian Wood in the frontcourt. Given the uncertainty of Kleber's future, the Mavericks could also be actively looking for another reliable big in the trade market.
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Kleber is an excellent complement to Luka Doncic in the Mavericks' lineup. His floor spacing and solid defense allow him to play power forward and even small-ball center. Last season, he averaged 7.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.6 minutes. His three-point shooting was down to only 32.5 percent, but he has been an above-average outside shooter throughout his career. Kleber shot 47.6 percent from three on 4.5 attempts over 14 playoff games. Due to this, he should progress back towards his normal shooting percentage of 35 to 40 percent from three. With the additions of Christian Wood and Javale McGee, he might see a slight decrease in his minutes. However, if he can shoot a high percentage from three, he will find minutes due to his floor spacing. Kleber will be a viable option in deeper leagues that value three-point shooting, blocks, and rebounding.
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.
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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Doubtful for Wednesday
FDallas Mavericks
Toe
February 28, 2024
Kleber (toe, nose) is doubtful for Wednesday's game versus Toronto.
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Good to go Tuesday
FDallas Mavericks
February 27, 2024
Kleber (nose) is available for Tuesday's game versus Cleveland.
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Listed as probable again
FDallas Mavericks
Nose
February 26, 2024
Kleber (nose) is probable for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers.
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Good to go
FDallas Mavericks
February 25, 2024
Kleber (nose) is available for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
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Another probable tag
FDallas Mavericks
Nose
February 24, 2024
Kleber (nose) is listed as probable for Sunday's game versus the Pacers.
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