Dallas Mavericks big man Boban Marjanovic had his best outing in a Mavs uniform on Saturday, as he helped his side to an absolute pummeling of the New Orleans Pelicans, 130-84.
Marjanovic logged a 15-point, 16-rebound double-double, missing only once throughout the evening. The 7-foot-4 center also added two assists and blocked two shots in just 23 minutes of action. This performance certainly caught the eye of Mavs teammate Kristaps Porzingis, who claims that Marjanovic is as unstoppable as they come.
“Can’t stop Bobie,” Porzingis said, via ESPN. “He played great on the boards. He’s so big, so strong. Once he gets the ball in the paint, they can’t do much out there.”
It’s hard to argue against Porzingis here, and these types of performances serve as a great reminder of how dominant Boban can get whenever he is unleashed. Marjanovic is averaging just 13.1 minutes off the Dallas bench at the moment, so his 23 minutes played on Saturday was definitely an outlier. Garbage time and an injury to Mavs guard Delon Wright were contributing factors to Boban’s increase in playing time, so this is not the type of production we should expect from the 31-year-old regularly.
Nonetheless, it is worth noting that it was actually Boban who subbed in for Wright, so perhaps Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle might just opt to provide Marjanovic with more playing time moving forward. Wright’s injury is groin-related, so if he is to miss some time, then maybe we might just be seeing more of Boban in the very near future.