Dallas Mavericks fans have been accustomed to not really paying any attention to the NBA draft since the arrival of Dirk Nowitzki over a decade ago. Last year, however, Mavericks fans say the franchise take three players on draft night. One, Jae Crowder, became a starter and another, Bernard James, did contribute but a few minutes, nothing significant. Jared Cunningham, the Mavericks first pick, as yet to play more than a few minutes. With the 2013 NBA Draft coming up we decided to ask the fans what position should the Mavericks draft for. Here are the results:
- 54% Point Guard
- 32% Center
- 8% Shooting Gurad
- 4% Power Forward
- 2% Small Forward
Fans have watched everyone try to play the point guard position this last season from Darren Collison to Mike James with neither one solidifying themselves as the right fit. Point guard has been a spoiled position for Mavs fans. When you have watched Jason Kidd twice, Avery Johnson, 2-time MVP Steve Nash, and J.J. Barea you expect to be good at that position.
The CBS 2013 Mock Draft has the Mavs taking C.J. McCollum, senior shooting guard from Lehigh, with the 13th pick. At 6’3 he could play the point guard position with a shooter’s touch, but did miss most of this last year with a broken foot. He shot over 51% from the three-point line and some drafts have him going as high as 9th to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
DraftXpress.com has the franchise taking Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the first round. Carter-Williams is more athletic of the two and taller at 6’6, but has issues turning the ball over. His has turned the ball over in 28% of his pick-and-roll possessions. His upside for teams is his ability to finish at the rim.
The question now is, will Mark Cuban listen to the fans? He has stated recently that the big goal is to acquire up to two top free agents, one being a point guard. With the news Doc Rivers will be coaching the Los Angeles Clippers, does that mean acquiring Chris Paul is off the table? Is plan B is to get two to three players in free agency at a combined salary of $18-$20 million, which would allow the Mavericks to be players in the free agent market in 2014.
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