Dallas Mavericks: Who to Draft Instead of Justin Anderson?
Taken by the Milwaukee Bucks at slot 46 and traded to the Raptors, Powell has emerged as a valuable contributor for a top Eastern Conference team.
Like Richardson, Powell had slight regression this season, especially from beyond the arc, (over 40% last year compared to 33% during this campaign) but Powell still has potential to be an effective reserve. Powell also has displayed his defensive prowess in his first two campaigns, taking advantage of his match-ups every chance he gets.
Powell offers potentially lethal shooting ability that Anderson simply had a difficult time transferring to the NBA. Despite hitting over 45 percent from deep in his junior year of college, Anderson never shot much more than 30% from behind the arc during his time with the Mavericks.
Powell will need to refine his defense and fine tune his shooting ability if he’s going to be a reliable back-up for a top team, but he’s earned an opportunity to prove it in the first part of his career. With the shooting ability and defense, it’s easy to picture Powell contributing in Dallas blue.