Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0

By Isaac Harris
Feb 9, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) reacts after making a shot against the Oregon Ducks during the second half at Pauley Pavilion. The UCLA Bruins won 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 9, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) reacts after making a shot against the Oregon Ducks during the second half at Pauley Pavilion. The UCLA Bruins won 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 9, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) celebrates after the game against the Oregon Ducks at Pauley Pavilion. The UCLA Bruins won 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 9, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) celebrates after the game against the Oregon Ducks at Pauley Pavilion. The UCLA Bruins won 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

1. . G. UCLA. LONZO BALL (PREV. 2)

Ball moves slightly, by a very thin lead, ahead of Fultz on my board for a couple of reasons. One reason is the rise of Seth Curry at shooting guard. If Curry continues to grow into a good player, is it worth taking Ball over Fultz because of the fit next to Curry?

Curry has cemented his spot as the two guard in the starting unit and is a smaller framed shooting guard. Ball would be the ball handling point that is big enough to guard the bigger guards in the league that Curry can’t.

We saw an example of this over this past week where UCLA put Ball on Dillon Brooks of Oregon off the ball where he played great defense on him late in the game. This was also the game where Ball took over late and led the Bruins to a victory in a highlight reel of a game for the kid.

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.

2. . G. Washington. MARKELLE FULTZ (PREV. 1)

Overall draft board, Fultz still sits at the top, but if Curry continues to blossom, Ball might be the better fit. For the past couple of months, I have had Fultz as a clear top pick, but over the past couple of weeks, I believe it is more of a 1A to 1B type of situation.

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 one of the two players the Mavericks would select if they did land the first overall pick in the draft.

G. N.C. State. DENNIS SMITH JR.. 3.

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.

Kansas. JOSH JACKSON. 4. . F

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.

FRANK NTILIKINA. 5. . G. France

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.

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