Dallas Mavericks: Re-grading the Mavs last 5 drafts
Mavs select A.J. Hammons at 46th overall
The Dallas Mavericks traded their first round pick in this draft in December of 2014. It was in the deal to acquire Rajon Rondo. The move blew up in their faces as Rondo played in just two playoff games, and the Mavs were eliminated in the first round.
The saving grace of that trade was the Mavericks acquiring Dwight Powell. He was a rookie at the time but blossomed into a starter this season before tearing his Achilles in January.
With no first round pick it was going to be a short night for Dallas. They lost in the first round of the playoffs again in 2016 meaning they would not pick until the middle of the second round.
The Mavs selected A.J. Hammons. He played 22 games for Dallas in his rookie season. Hammons has not seen game action in the NBA since that year.
In the Mavericks defense, not many players picked after Hammons are still in the league. Jake Layman, Abdel Nader, Georges Niang, and Tyrone Wallace are the headliners.
Second round picks are always lottery tickets especially mid-to-late ones. Most of them do not turn into meaningful every night rotation players. The Mavs took a shot, and it did not hit in 2016.
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