Block by Maxi Kleber in the third quarter
- February 25, 2020
- 8:07 PM
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).
Maximilian “Maxi” Kleber (CLEE-bah) holds career averages of 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 22.2 minutes per game in 267 games (115 starts) with Dallas. He was signed by the Mavericks as undrafted free agent on July 13, 2017, and re-signed with the club on July 10, 2019.
Kleber (6-10, 240) led the NBA outright in games played (74) in 2019-20, appearing in 70-plus games for the third time in as many seasons. He also set new career highs for scoring average (9.1 ppg), 3-pointers made (119), 3-point percentage (.373), free throw percentage (.849), rebounding (5.2 rpg), assists (1.2 apg), blocks (1.12 bpg) and minutes (25.5 mpg) for the third year in a row. During the 2020-21 campaign, Kleber again set new career-highs in 3-point percentage (.410) and free throw percentage (.919) and matched his career-high with 5.2 rebounds per game. He also started a career-high 40 games.
Prior to beginning his NBA career, Kleber spent eight seasons playing professionally in Germany and Spain. He was named a BBL All-Star, All-BBL Second Team and BBL Most Effective Player for Bayern Munich in 2016-17.
Kleber hails from Würzburg, Germany, the same hometown as Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki. He has represented the German national team in international competition, including the 2014 Eurobasket qualification rounds.