The Dallas Mavericks history of drafting talent and impact players isn’t anything to brag about, actually, it’s almost embarrassing to the point where it should be deleted, burned, and completely erased from the archives.
Acquiring the draft rights to Dirk Nowitzki for Robert Traylor (1998), getting Devin Harris in the trade involving Jerry Stackhouse and Antawn Jamison (2004), and drafting Josh Howard (2003) and Jae Crowder (2012) highlight the Mavericks draft success over the last fifteen-plus seasons.
Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Nick Fazekas, Bernard James, Jared Cunningham, and Maurice Ager have all flopped in Dallas and in the NBA and the cases are still out on Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo.
Without a first round pick, it’s unlikely Dallas will find a franchise savior or changer, but it shouldn’t stop them from doing their homework. The team owns two second round picks, the 34th and 51st picks in the draft.
We’ve seen a good number of second round not just this season, but in history have impacts in the NBA. Current Mavericks’ Monta Ellis (40th) and DeJuan Blair (37th) join DeAndre Jordan (35th) , Goran Dragic (45th), Manu Ginobili (57th), Marc Gasol (48th), Gilbert Arenas (30th), Michael Redd (43rd), Rashard Lewis (32nd), Paul Millsap (47th), Isaiah Thomas (60th), Carlos Boozer (35th), Chandler Parsons (38th), Patrick Beverley (42nd), Lance Stephenson (40th) and Marcin Gortat (57th) as second rounders who have had and/or are having successful and impactful NBA careers.
Yes, the Mavs won’t land a Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Joel Embiid but they can still find a player worth keeping and who can either contribute right away or in the future. With the likes of P.J. Hairston, Cleanthony Early, Glen Robinson 111, Khem Birch, Walter Tavares, Isaiah Austin, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Damien Inglis, and others possibly available to the Mavs, the chances of landing a good NBA talent seem higher than usual.
With two picks in play, a potentially deep draft, and history, the Mavs would be smart to cherish and treat these picks as first rounders.
Last thing you want to do is pass on that one diamond in the rough.