The Dallas Mavericks were not expected to be players in the 2022 NBA Draft. They traded their second-round pick to Washington at the deadline in the Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans swap. The Stepien Rule prevented the Mavs from trading their first round, but they did it anyway.
Dallas agreed to send the 26th overall pick and four players that were outside their playoff rotation to Houston to acquire Christian Wood. The Mavericks desperately needed an upgrade at the five, and the ability to create some roster space made the move too good to pass up.
The trade could not be finalized until after the NBA Draft, so Dallas technically made the selection at 26th overall. Houston expanded the trade by trading back to the 29th pick on draft night, and the Mavericks traded into the second round to make a selection. In a night full of surprises, how did Dallas fare?
Dallas Mavericks 2022 NBA Draft grades: 2 trades and select Jaden Hardy
The Christian Wood trade was part of the draft because the Mavericks had to make the selection. Dallas also sent two future second-round picks to Sacramento to acquire the 37th overall pick. Fans know general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison is not afraid to make moves that he believes will improve the roster, and he did just that during the draft.
Here is a closer look at what the Dallas Mavericks did in the 2022 NBA Draft plus a grade for each move and their night overall.