Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Draft Big Board 2.0
At some point, Giles has to get back to the #1 ranked high school player in the country like he was coming into Duke…or at least we hope. The two major knee injuries could scare off some, but if he is medically cleared by NBA teams, Giles could really be something special.
But Giles hasn’t gotten there yet. He has appeared in 13 games this season and averaged just five points and four rebounds a game. If Giles grows into the player Duke envisioned him being this year, he will most certainly go back up the draft boards.
If Dallas did land Giles, what better big man to learn under in your first year than Dirk Nowitzki.
Bridges is just the latest smaller, energy driven power forward to come out of Michigan State. Standing at just 6’6″, Bridges gives the Spartans playmaking and athleticism at the four spot similar to past players in the program. He has the talent to play in the smaller NBA and would likely come off the bench in Dallas.
Patton is the only newcomer on my Mavs big board as the big man replaces Bam Adebayo.
Patton is a 6’11” center at Creighton that has came onto the scene as of late. Patton is averaging 20 & 10 a night as he has Creighton ranked in the top 10. The big man is displaying almost a complete all around offensive game while he can even step out and hit the outside shot.
If Patton keeps the impressive play going, don’t be surprised if he cracks the top 10 on draft night.
Anunoby started making his lottery case last year at Indiana and was building his way into a top 10 pick until a recent injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He is athletic, long, and physical as one of the best wing players in the draft. It is unsure how his injury will affect his decision to come out or his draft stock. I could see him being a better version of Aminu at the next level.
Ferguson was originally supposed to attend Arizona, but decided to go play professional ball in Australia instead. Ferguson is a sharpshooting wing that can fill it up with some of the best in the class. Back in November, Chad Ford said he could have been in the same category as Monk if he stayed committed to Arizona.
For the Mavericks, getting a point guard in this upcoming draft class would be ideal. But in some situations, it might be hard for Dallas’ brass to pass up on a particular talent.
With Dallas in a half-way rebuild mode and having some veterans on expiring contracts, the draft board could be wide open for them come the summer. Even with Harrison Barnes locked in long-term, drafting a wing that could play alongside of him in smaller lineups wouldn’t be the end of the world.
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This is the second installment of my Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Draft Board and future updates will continue to come throughout the Spring.