Building a Mavericks “dream team” if they picked right in every NBA Draft

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2018 NBA Draft: Gabe Vincent over Ray Spalding with the 56th pick

It’s time to head back to the undrafted free agent pool, as the Dallas Mavericks could have had a slew of different players with their two late second-rounders in the 2018 NBA Draft.

To start, the Mavericks had the 56th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and with it, they selected big man Ray Spalding, who only played one game in a Dallas uniform before being traded.

Spalding was out of the league by the 2021-22 season, having only appeared in 16 NBA games throughout the course of his career, with the last one being with the Houston Rockets in the 2020-21 season.

Instead of selecting Vincent, the Mavericks should have snagged Gabe Vincent, who ended up going undrafted and was picked up by the Miami Heat.

As of now, Vincent is having a great playoff run with the Heat, who have made it all the way to the NBA Finals as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

A big part of Miami’s run has been the success of their role players, and Vincent is a perfect example of that. He’s emerged as an everyday starter for the Heat, replacing Kyle Lowry in the first unit.

Vincent’s big-time shot-making and gritty style of play make him a perfect fit in Miami, and in this exercise, the Mavericks would get to rewrite history and bring Vincent on board to come off their bench.