Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft profile: Tyrese Maxey

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2020 NBA Draft Tyrese Maxey (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft profile: Tyrese Maxey

The Dallas Mavericks have their first round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. One of the most exciting prospects coming out is Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey. Maxey was electric in big games during his lone season with the Wildcats, while being the second-leading scorer on the team.

Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game while pacing Kentucky to an SEC regular season conference title.

Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft profile: Tyrese Maxey’s strengths

Maxey is an electric, high energy, and athletic player. He was an elite high school recruit coming out of Garland, Texas. It would be awesome for the Mavericks to bring Maxey back to the Metroplex.

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The Garland native is an elite athlete with extreme shooting potential. Although he was not the best 3-point shooter (29.2 percent) at Kentucky, he has a beautiful stroke and was excellent from the free throw line (83.3 percent). Maxey will need to improve his consistency at the next level. That could unlock a lethal backcourt duo playing next to Luka Doncic.

Maxey is 6’3 with immense athletic ability. He makes a perfect complement to Luka. The former Wildcat does not need the ball in his hand and can lock up the other team’s top perimeter player every night. That leaves Luka free to do his thing on offense.

Maxey always showed up in the biggest games during his lone season at Kentucky.

He put up 26 points and five rebounds in his first game to help lead his team to a win over number one Michigan State. Maxey even nailed the game sealing jumper.

The 19-year-old also had 27 points and seven rebounds against number three Louisville in an overtime win.

Showing up in pressure moments would be a plus for a Mavericks team expecting to make the playoffs for the foreseeable future.

Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft profile: Tyrese Maxey’s weaknesses

Maxey’s shot is one and off despite his immense potential. It is not unheard of. No team gets excited to face them that player is running hot.

His size is a potential question mark. Maxey lists at 6’3 but some scouts believe he is small. Size would not be an issue at point guard, but the 19-year-old does not have the ball-handling or playmaking ability to play at the one at this point.

Maxey is a natural two with standout scoring ability. Fitting in with the Mavericks should not be an issue. Doncic is a 6’7 point guard. Maxey’s ridiculous quickness and ability to guard perimeter players allows him to fit right in.

Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft profile: Tyrese Maxey’s fit

Maxey is a stellar prospect for the Mavericks. He will likely be on the board when Dallas picks. A backcourt with Luka running the point and Maxey at the two could be great for years to come. They complement each other’s games beautifully. Maxey has a lot of upside playing in Dallas.

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