Dallas Mavericks Draft Profile

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Picks Held: 18, 31

State of the Franchise:

  • Arguably the top rising team in the NBA
  • Looking to compete for titles for the foreseeable future
  • Young core that may need a veteran glue-player
  • Needs a lockdown defender on the wing

Team Needs:

  • Wing depth
  • Rim protection
  • Guard shooters
  • Team defense

Current players under contract for next season: 

Guards: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Seth Curry, Delon Wright

Wings: Dorian Finney-Smith, Justin Jackson

Bigs: Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber, Boban Marjanovic, Dwight Powell (injured)

Options: Willie Cauley-Stein (declined), Tim Hardaway Jr (Player)

Upcoming FA: JJ Barea, Courtney Lee, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Past 5 drafts:

2015: Justin Anderson, Satnam Singh

2016: AJ Hammons

2017: Dennis Smith Jr

2018: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson

2019: Isaiah Roby

#18 Big Board:

  1. Josh Green
  2. Desmond Bane
  3. Saddiq Bey
  4. Aaron Nesmith
  5. Precious Achiuwa
  6. Aleksej Pokusevski
  7. Tyrese Maxey
  8. Leandro Bolmaro
  9. Grant Riller
  10. Theo Maledon
  11. Elijah Hughes
  12. Jaden McDaniels
  13. Daniel Oturu
  14. Immanuel Quickley
  15. Tyrell Terry

#31 Big Board:

  1. Elijah Hughes
  2. Daniel Oturu
  3. Immanuel Quickley
  4. Tyler Bey
  5. Jordan Nwora
  6. Cassius Stanley
  7. Robert Woodard
  8. Killian Tillie
  9. Cassius Stanley
  10. Mamadi Diakite

Other options:

The Mavs are likely to be making a move in the draft, whether it be to get a pick in 2021, or to move up close to the lottery, or in the lottery. Should they move up, look for Dallas to target a player who falls by surprise. This could be any of the following:

  • Onyeka Okongwu, who is fighting a foot injury, but is #2 currently on the MavsDraft Big Board (https://mavsdraft.com/final-2020-nba-draft-big-board/)
  • Devin Vassell, whose projected draft range could be anywhere from 6-12
  • Obi Toppin, who has legitimate defensive and creation concerns, but is the best athlete and best off-ball player in the draft
  • Tyrese Haliburton, who is a defensive-minded playmaker with shooting upside
  • Or, and this may be the most probable, the Mavs jump a team in the lottery that they see as most threatening to select Saddiq Bey. The 3&D wing is a similar prospect to Wesley Matthews, and is exactly the kind of prospect the Mavs are looking to pair with franchise cornerstone Luka Doncic

The Mavs’ draft night possibilities are endless, and should be exciting to play out. No matter what direction the Mavs take, there’s lots to be excited about with the future of the franchise.