The easiest way to sum up this draft for the Dallas Mavericks is that the draft room got someone they really wanted, but the fans are still unsure. The way the Mavs went about it, though, is what guaranteed a successful draft.
From 1998 to 2017, the Dallas Mavericks franchise did not really stress themselves with trivial things like the NBA Draft. The team was winning, which meant that these youngsters were of no importance to a perennial 50+ win team. Sure, this could have been the wrong mindset, but it worked out all the same.
During that time, Mavs fans learned quickly that there was not going to be anything exciting from their team on draft night. The whole “watching the draft from start to finish” thing was not really something that the fans participated in.
In 2017, however, the Mavs luck finally appeared to be over as they found themselves in the lottery and still relying on a very old Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks draft philosophy had to change. In 2017, the Mavs selected promising, young point guard, Dennis Smith Jr. In 2018, they got their new face of the franchise, Luka Doncic. Unfortunately, that new face essentially cost the Mavs their 2019 draft.
Dallas no longer had a first round selection, and the second round pick was not expected to be super exciting because of what was viewed as a strangely shallow draft class. Still, there were some hopefuls that the Mavs could target.
Did the Mavs make the right pick in the draft? Was the trade a worthy investment and the right overall move for the team? Here are some of my thoughts about the Mavs draft night.