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Evaluating the Dallas Mavericks’ Lottery Competition

By Isaac Harris
Feb 15, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Milwaukee won 129-125. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Milwaukee won 129-125. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 15, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) prepares to shoot the ball in front of Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons won 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (30) prepares to shoot the ball in front of Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons won 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks’ winning ways over the last couple of months have taken them out of the running for the top pick in the draft. But who is their main lottery competition still?

At the beginning of the season, the Dallas Mavericks were decimated by injuries and were destined for a top pick in the upcoming, loaded NBA Draft.

Now, they have turned things around (sort of) and are currently just outside of the playoffs out West. But the direction of the team post-break is hard to tell at the moment.

The team and Carlisle are constantly preaching the playoff gospel while Cuban is making comments about “tanking while trying to win.”

So with the Mavs in this unique grey area of the season, let’s look at other teams outside of the playoffs and just how many teams will be drafting ahead of the Mavs. The following are the three categories I have put potential lottery bound teams.

Bank on It= Teams that are top 5 pick bound. Tanking is inevitable and it is pretty obvious at this exact moment.

On the Brink= Teams that have almost drank the tanking Kool-Aide but are hanging on by a strand before they go all in on tanking.

Potential= Teams that are sort of in the playoff hunt that are one or two decisions away from heading straight to the bottom.

Next: Bank On It

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