Armed with two second round picks, the Dallas Mavericks will have a plethora of options to choose from come draft night.
In the past, using second round picks on prospects that could impact the team wasn’t the goal.
Now, Dallas has a real shot at adding another young piece through the draft with one of their TWO second round picks.
With the current standings, Dallas is slated to select in the top five up of the upcoming draft. Top eight at the worst most likely. After that, Dallas has a plethora of options with the two second round picks that include their own near the beginning of the second round and the extra one they gained in the Devin Harris trade from Denver.
That pick will most likely be Portland’s second round pick as it will be the less favorable of either Portland or Sacramento’s 2018 second round pick.
Here are a handful of names to consider for the Mavericks.
Late First, Early Second
Keita-Bates Diop- 6’7” Ohio State
A wing at Ohio State that has recently came onto the scene this year as one of the best players for the Buckeyes. He is a lengthy wing with over a seven-foot wingspan that is averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds a game.
Brandon McCoy- 7’0” UNLV
Averaging right at 17 points and 10 rebounds a game, McCoy is a force in the middle for UNLV. Just a freshman this year, McCoy has the upside to be a project type big man if Dallas goes a different direction at the top of the draft.
Melvin Frazier- 6’6″ Tulane
Another wing prospect that is starting to rise up some draft boards. Having his most impressive season as a junior, Frazier could sneak into the first round.
Chandler Hutchison- 6’7″Boise State
Hutchison is a late bloomer that is turning heads during his senior season at Boise State. He is averaging 19.8 points per game and has a well-rounded offensive game.
Hamidou Diallo- 6’5” Kentucky
Diallo brought attention to his name last year at the combine when registering a 40+ inch vertical. He has the physical tools but it hasn’t translated at Kentucky yet. He would be a high upside pick in the second round that will take time.
Jarred Vanderbilt- 6’8” Kentucky
Outside of Kevin Knox, Vanderbilt could be the next best prospect on this current Kentucky team. Probably a four at the next level, he could be a nice flyer for the Mavs in the second round.
Rodions Kurucs- 6’8” Latvia
Kurucs was in the first round of many mock drafts last year before pulling his name out. He is a sharpshooting wing the Mavs could develop on the wing.
Bruce Brown- 6’5” Miami
If Dallas doesn’t intend to bring back Seth Curry, Brown would be a nice replacement. He is a scoring guard in Miami alongside of Lonnie Walker that is in his sophomore year.
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Tyus Battle- 6’5” Syracuse
The same logic behind Brown, Battle would be a nice two guard addition to the team. He is the best player on Syracuse and is averaging right at 20 points a game.
Brian Bowen- 6’7″ Louisville
Sitting out the entire year due to an NCAA violation, Bowen will be intriguing if he decides to comes out. He is a springy wing who could be a high upside, development pick in the second round.
A lot of who the Mavericks might target in the second round could depend on the direction they go with their top pick in the draft. If they come away with like Deandre Ayton or Mo Bamba, then taking someone like Brandon McCoy wouldn’t make sense.
Of the names listed above I like Chandler Hutchison, Kurucs, and Diop the most for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks could also pair their two picks together and move back into the first round maybe to grab someone they really like.