Dallas Mavericks have 18th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
Dallas Mavericks will select 18th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft
The Dallas Mavericks wrapped up the regular season with a loss to the Phoenix Suns on Aug. 13. The final seeding games went into the record books on Friday evening. That put an end to the regular season with the playoffs about to get underway.
The Mavs have qualified for the first time since 2016. The LA Clippers stand in the way of their first Western Conference Semifinals appearance since they won the title in 2011. It will be no easy matchup. The Clippers are one of the title favorites and have topped the Mavericks in all three meetings this season. Fans can see the Mavs playoff schedule here.
The end of the regular season locks in some of the draft picks too. It was an unprecedented year. The pandemic suspended the season for four months. It also eliminated some teams from tanking down the stretch. Let us look at where the Mavs will pick on draft night.
Dallas Mavericks have the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft
The NBA Draft lottery takes place on Aug. 20, so the top selections are not locked in yet. All the teams in the playoffs have their positions. The Mavs will pick 18th overall. It will be their first first round selection since 2018 when they acquired Luka Doncic on draft night.
Dallas has to make that pick. The Stepien Rule prevents teams from trading first-round draft picks in consecutive years. The Mavericks had traded their 2021 first-round pick to the New York Knicks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade meaning Dallas has to make their selection in 2020.
They could trade the pick on draft night, but the deal would not officially go down until after moratorium is lifted following the draft.
The Mavs also select 31st overall. They have the right to swap picks with the Warriors from a previous trade. Golden State finishing with the worst record gives Dallas the top selection in the second round. Fans can see all the Mavericks’ future draft picks here.
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