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Dallas Mavericks: 5 players worth trading into the draft to acquire

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Draft prospect Dallas Mavericks should trade to acquire: 2. Jason Preston

Jason Preston is a 6’4 point guard from Ohio University. During his junior season, he averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 7.3 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game.

Preston is an assassin on the offensive end of the court. He is a high IQ playmaker, who at times, seems like he is a step ahead of his opponents. Preston can make any shot on the basketball court as well as any pass.

The 21-year-old is not the most athletically gifted player, but because of his high IQ, he can maneuver his way around the defense and get to the paint whenever he wants. He is an outstanding catch and shoot, who shot 39.0 percent from deep. Scoring the ball for Preston will not be an issue at the NBA level.

The one critique on the offensive end for Preston is his free-throw shooting. He only attempted 47 free throws on the year, and more surprisingly, he shot an abysmal 59.6 percent at the charity stripe.

His defense is an extreme weakness that will limit him at the next level. He doesn’t have the strength or athleticism to hold up against larger wings. He also lacks lateral quickness and can get exposed by faster explosive guards

Jason Preston should model his game after LaMelo Ball. The reigning Rookie of the Year is a far superior player on both ends of the court, but his offensive game has the same foundation.