7 All-Stars Dallas Mavericks painfully passed on in NBA Draft

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1. Giannis Antetokounmpo 2013 NBA Draft (15th overall)

Mavericks selection: Kelly Olynyk (13th overall, traded to Celtics)

The Mavs entered the 2013 draft with the 13th overall pick before trading down twice. First, they went from 13th to 16th and picked up two future second-round picks before dealing 16, Jared Cunningham, and the 44th overall pick for the 18th selection and cash. Dallas took Shane Larkin 18th overall, who played just one season with the Mavericks before being traded to the Knicks for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.

Dallas created more cap space in 2013 to chase a big fish in free agency. They wanted Dwight Howard, but they could not land him. Howard's indecision ultimately cost the Mavs their backup plan too.

Dallas Mavericks miss on Giannis Antetokounmpo despite GMs pleas

General manager Donnie Nelson wanted the Mavs to draft Giannis in 2013, and he made that clear to owner Mark Cuban. The duo made a plan to create cap space, so Cuban decided to trade down twice. If he let Nelson make the call, Dallas would have the Greek Freak, instead of the Milwaukee Bucks, who took him two picks later.

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The Dallas Mavericks do not have the best track record in the NBA Draft, but their two massive hits more than makeup for it. Will they miss out on another All-Star this year? Stay tuned to find out.