Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Draft Big Board 1.0
Fultz is regarded by many to be the top overall pick in the draft no matter the team. He is arguably one of the two potential superstars in this draft as he is the complete package…as a freshman. He would be the pick for the Mavericks if they did land the first overall pick in the draft.
Ball is a different type of player, but is one of the best playmaking point guards we have witnessed come out of college. He stands at 6’6″ and has a game similar to a young Jason Kidd. Almost every draft board across the league will have Fultz and Ball as the top two names.
The Mavericks need for a long-term point guard makes Dennis Smith Jr. take the third spot on the board. Smith could be the most athletic point guard of this loaded draft class and is scoring at a high clip at NC State. Most draft boards have Smith as a top 5 pick in the draft.
Talent is talent, and if the Mavericks have the fourth overall pick in the draft with Josh Jackson still on the board, it will be hard for them to pass him up. The 19 year old is having a great year at Kansas where he has drawn comparisons to Gordon Hayward and Andre Iguodala. He could step into the Finney-Smith role next to Harrison Barnes in the small ball lineup going forward.
If you listen/read to any Mavs related draft news, you will hear about their liking of Frank Ntilikina out of France. He is a 6’5″ point guard who has all the physical tools to be a top-notch point in the league. With an improving outside shot, don’t be surprised if Dallas makes it a goal of theirs to land Ntilikina in the draft.