Dallas Mavericks 2022 offseason grade: Trade into the draft to select Jaden Hardy
The Mavs did not have a pick on the morning of the 2022 draft. They sent their second-round pick to Washington in the deadline day deal that brought Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans to Dallas for Kristaps Porzingis. With their first-round pick heading to Houston in the Christian Wood trade, it appeared like it would be the second straight quiet draft night, but things changed as Jaden Hardy slipped into the second round.
The Mavericks wanted the 6’4 guard with the 26th overall pick. He is an impressive three-level scorer that had an up-and-down lone season playing for the G League Ignite. Hardy was the second-ranked player coming out of high school, and his potential is unquestionable.
As he slipped into the second round, the Mavs front office was determined to get back into the draft. They found an opportunity to trade two future second-round picks for the 38th overall selection, and Dallas selected Hardy.
Dallas Mavericks grade for the Jaden Hardy trade: A
Second-round draft picks have a low hit rate, so the Mavs were wise to do what it takes to acquire a player they believed in. It cost them two second-round selections, but Luka Doncic is likely to have them in the playoffs every year. They likely sent two picks in the 50s for the 38th overall selection this year.
Hardy has the potential to be one of the best players from this draft class. The 20-year-old guard has a lot to work on, but the Dallas Mavericks saw something they believed him. They got their top target in the draft at a minimal price in another move that earns an A grade.