Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Draft Big Board 4.0
Similar to the jump that Tatum made in version 3.0, De’Aaron Fox jumps up my Mavs Draft Board from ten all the way to four.
Fox, in arguably the best game and matchup of the tourney, went head-to-head with Lonzo Ball and outplayed Ball by a large margin. Fox and the Wildcats not only eliminated UCLA, but he logged 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting on the night. Fox controlled the game from the opening tip and seemed to get into the lane at will off the pick and roll.
Standing at 6’4″ with an almost 6’5″ wingspan, Fox is considered by many to be the best defensive point guard in the draft. When I talked to DeMarcus Cousins earlier in the season, he compared the Fox and Monk back court to John Wall and Eric Bledsoe…except he said they could be better.
Even though Fox is lightening with the ball in his hands and can get into the paint almost at will, he does struggle with shooting the ball from the outside. He finished the season shooting 24% from behind the arc.
To land Fox, Dallas would probably have to land the 7th pick in the draft and hope a team like New York or Philadelphia doesn’t take him with their pick. He would come in as the future point guard in Dallas for many years to come.