Dallas Mavericks: Re-grading the Mavs last 5 drafts

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

2018 draft

Mavericks acquire Luka Doncic from Hawks for Trae Young and 2019 first round pick

Mavs select Jalen Bruson at 33rd overall

Dallas drafts Shake Milton at 54th overall

Mavericks trade Milton to Sixers for Ray Spalding (56th overall pick) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (60th overall)

June 21, 2018 will hold a special place in the hearts of Dallas Mavericks fans. That was the draft night where they acquire Luka Doncic and vaulted back into contention. Doncic has the looks of a generational talent. He is already in the MVP conservation in his second NBA season.

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The Mavs had to trade up to secure the services of Luka. It cost them the fifth overall pick plus their first rounder in 2019. That was a small price to pay to get a franchise player.

The Mavericks continued their incredible draft by selecting Jalen Brunson in the second round. He has already proven that he can lead a second unit and make winning plays. Securing the services of an every night role player in the second round is always a positive move.

The trade of late second picks does not move the needle in either direction here. The Mavericks were smart to try to grab two lottery tickets instead of one, but it did not work out. Neither player is still on their roster.

If there was a grade higher than A+ the Dallas Mavericks would have earned it here. The 2018 draft was an incredible night that nobody will soon forget.

Re-grade: A+

Next: 2019 draft