The Dallas Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in the draft, but it didn’t come without the help of Gar Forman.
On the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls dropped a bombshell by shaking up the top ten picks with a trade around their All-Star.
Led by Gar Forman, the General Manager of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago traded off their best player to move into a few spots above the Dallas Mavericks.
For this reason, here is my thank you letter to Gar Forman.
On behalf of the Dallas Mavericks, there are a few things I need to thank you for that led to us getting our hands on Dennis Smith Jr.
Thank you for giving up on your All-Star in Jimmy Butler and trading him to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night. Thank you for taking away that seventh pick from a Minny team that could have went in any direction.
Thank you for believing in Kris Dunn as your future point guard. I’m sure he will be good at some point.
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Thank you for your love for Lauri Markkanen. Moving into the top seven to grab the player you love was a move you had to make. I’m sure he will turn out to be a great prospect, heck, some people say maybe the next Dirk….
I also wanted to thank you for not selecting Frank Ntilikina out of France. New York had their sights set on their guy and with you taking Markkanen, it allowed their baby to fall into their laps. Thank you for giving Ntilikina to them.
Lastly, thank you for not selecting Dennis Smith Jr.
Moving two spots in front of Dallas to select Lauri Markkanen is something that we will be thankful for over the next decade.
Gar Forman, thank you for allowing Smith Jr. to fall into Dallas’ lap
-Your new fan
The Mavericks got their guy at the ninth pick in Smith Jr. and fans should never forget the role that Gar Forman and the Chicago Bulls played into that draft