Dallas Mavericks: Paul Reed 2020 NBA Draft Prospect Profile

By Noah Rubinstein
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Dallas Mavericks: Paul Reed draft profile

The Dallas Mavericks were limited in the frontcourt during the restart. Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein did not play in Orlando. Kristaps Porzingis tore his meniscus in the playoffs leaving just Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic to handle the minutes at the five. They played well in their roles, but Mavs fans felt the need for more rebounding and help down low.

The Mavs had the most efficient offense in the NBA this season but finished 18th in defensive rating. The team will be hoping to improve defensively in 2021, and the draft is one place they could find a few upgrades.

Paul Reed is an intriguing prospect that could solidify the Mavs frontcourt by proving plus defense. The 21-year-old played three seasons at DePaul University. The 6’9 forward averaged 15.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the field this season.

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Paul Reed part of a new trend? Should Dallas Mavericks be interested?

From Ben Wallace to Bam Adebayo, the NBA has witnessed undersized big men make an impact. Also, the Mavericks do it with Dwight Powell. With teams around the league playing smaller and smaller, Paul Reed might be the next small ball five.

Will the Mavericks consider taking Paul Reed with the 18th or 31st overall picks in the 2020 NBA Draft? Taking Reed in the first round may be a reach, but perhaps he is being undervalued by many draft analysts. Let us take a look at Paul Reed’s strengths, weaknesses, and how he would fit on the Dallas Mavericks.

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