Is a top 10 draft pick enough to get Mavericks back to playoffs in 2024?

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Dallas Mavericks need more talent and depth: Top 10 pick helps

How many current Mavs are trusted options for a playoff rotation? Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are superstars that should be in All-Star and All-NBA contention next season. Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber played key roles in the team’s run to the conference finals in 2022. There are questions about every other player on their current roster.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is a key shot-maker for the team that is a fine piece of a playoff rotation. Josh Green’s improved jumper should allow him to play minutes in the postseason, but six players do not make a playoff rotation. The Mavericks need more quality talent if they are going to reach the playoffs and have a chance to make a deep run.

Adding a top-ten draft pick to their roster improves the Mavs' talent and depth. The talented rookie should play a role, even if it is a limited one off the bench. Dallas is going to want a plus shooter that can defend with the selection. Expect him to find a place, even if the advanced stats suggest he is slightly below replacement level as a rookie.

Adding another talented player under 22 years old gives the Dallas Mavericks upside and an important trade asset to build out their roster.