NBA Draft Roundtable: Sleeper Picks for the Mavericks?

By Kohl Rast
Dec 28, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dribbles against Virginia Cavaliers guard Devon Hall (0) during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 28, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dribbles against Virginia Cavaliers guard Devon Hall (0) during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 18, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Tony Carr (10) shoots the ball as Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby (3) defends during the first half at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 18, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Tony Carr (10) shoots the ball as Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby (3) defends during the first half at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports /

OG Anunoby

“The nature of a sleeper pick is that not many people would expect it, so my sleeper pick isn’t all that sleeper-y. However, I’m thinking that OG Anunoby is a dark horse candidate for the Mavs at 9. It’s entirely possible that the favorite PGs are all gone at 9, so Dallas will be faced with the likes of Lauri Markannen (ew) or Zach Collins.

OG Anunoby is a polarizing prospect as the grades vary greatly on him. Draft Express is infamously low on OG, while some think he is a top 10 prospect. He just seems like the kind of guy who could surprise people and go way higher than expected to a team with few options and a high grade on him. Enter Dallas Mavericks.” –Sam Casey

Jawun Evans

“There are many suggestions that I think that the Mavs may take that heavily relies on what their motives are in Free Agency and if they truly believe they can grab certain free agents this summer (ex. Jrue Holiday). I think that this draft, however, has shown one thing, that it is deep, and that there is bound to be sleepers.

I think the Mavs know that and I think this is why they are going to look at every option at PG if all top 5 point guards are gone. I really like Jawun Evans. He is crafty and can score and distribute. He seems like he could be a better Yogi Ferrell. I also like Donovan Mitchell, his potential is high, and he seems like a great fit as well. I suspect though that he will land earlier than 9 in this draft. If not I would say the Mavs could pull the trigger on Mitchell at 9.” –Mihajlo Knezevic

Mar 4, 2017; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Jawun Evans (1) looks to pass the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Jawun Evans (1) looks to pass the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports /

Bam Adebayo

“Yes, I am still President of the Bam Adebayo fan club. I get it, he’s not even a projected top-10 draft pick. Exactly. His potential and ceiling is heavily slept on, in my opinion. The havoc he and Nerlens Noel can cause in the paint (on both ends), is worth the shocking pick.” –Emmanuel Dixon

Malik Monk

“Seriously, the Knicks could possibly let this guy slide thru the cracks. If they do, the Mavs should jump on it. He’s a scorer that could take over or back up Wes Matthews. If Wes is gone, he’s the man. Mavs could then invest in a vet PG like Jrue Holiday and really put together a young, explosive core for the future.” –Aaron Reed

Justin Jackson

“Here is a name that lottery team’s have not heard much lately, but I think that Justin Jackson could be a sleeper pick for the Mavericks. The kid is mature, athletic, and can shoot the lights out of the gym, but people believe he is more of a ready product than a developable talent. I am not on board with that and think the sky could be the limit for Jackson. If he and Barnes are manning the forward spots, teams would be put in some tough spots down the road.” –Kohl Rast

Next: NBA Draft Roundtable: Who Will the Mavericks Get?

There are going to be a lot of things going on for draft day and the picks are so unpredictable at this point that there really is no telling who the Dallas Mavericks might be ending up with. That said, this list at least shows that the Mavs will have options if all else fails. Who is your favorite from those listed above?

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