The Dallas Mavericks are facing an important offseason. Their run to the Western Conference Finals increased expectations, and the front office is searching for a second star to pair with Luka Doncic. Can they pull off a blockbuster trade that significantly improves their roster?
The Mavs have their first round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. They still own one first-rounder to the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade, which is top ten protected in 2023. Dallas had the fifth-best record in the NBA this season, so they select 26th overall. The Stepien Rule prevents the Mavericks from trading this year’s first-round pick before the draft, but they could agree to move it on draft night.
There are no guarantees in the draft, but history suggests there will be multiple impactful players still available when the Mavs are on the clock. Dallas has a hit-and-miss track record, but this will be the first year Nico Harrison has draft picks. Can they find another key piece in the 2022 NBA Draft?
5 best players for Dallas Mavericks to draft at 26th overall
Look no further than the Mavs roster to see that talent can come from anywhere. Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie were picked in the second round. Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber both went undrafted. Reggie Bullock and Tim Hardaway Jr. got drafted 25th and 24th overall. There will be impactful players left on the board when Dallas selects on June 23.
Who should the Dallas Mavericks target? Here are the five best players that are currently projected to go in the late first or early second round of the 2022 NBA Draft.