Mavericks could have an advantage in the 2020 NBA Draft

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Rick Carlisle (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Rick Carlisle (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks have been doing their homework on the 2020 NBA Draft. That could be a massive advantage this season. Find out why here.

The Dallas Mavericks are going to be back in the playoffs if the NBA season resumes. They have 40 wins and are 10.5 games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers who currently sit ninth in the Western Conference. It has been an incredible turnaround for the Mavs led by 21-year-old Luka Doncic.

Donnie Nelson and the front office had Luka’s name circled since before their rebuild began. They viewed him as a potential superstar. The game-changer that could push the Mavericks back into title contention. They traded two first round picks for the rights to draft him. That is how much the Mavericks believed in Doncic.

That scouting went back years. Dallas is always looking ahead on the draft and trying to get creative with ways to find talent. That could be a massive advantage especially this offseason.

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Draft facing challenges

Everything involving the NBA Draft is up in the air at the moment. There will be a draft at some point. That is about all that is known right now.

It will certainly be different this year. The novel coronavirus is impacting everything. It had the conference and NCAA tournaments canceled. There are other challenges ahead too. Teams are anticipating there will be no combine or individual workouts leading up to the draft. Fans can read about how things are expected to be different here courtesy of Jonathan Givony and ESPN.

This could provide the Dallas Mavericks with a massive advantage. They have been doing their homework on this class for months. Their feel for the talent and information could be ahead of many other organizations.

The Mavs still have their first round pick because of the Stepien Rule. It sits at 18 overall according to Tankathon. Dallas also holds the Warriors second round pick which would be 31 overall right now.

The Mavericks could trade their selection(s) on draft night for a player that helps them win right now. They would be looking for the right deal, but do not count it out. The draft should be a fun night for fans whenever it takes place.

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