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5 best players for Dallas Mavericks to draft at No. 26 overall

Dallas Mavericks, 2022 NBA Draft, Trevor Keels
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Dallas Mavericks, 2022 NBA Draft, Trevor Keels
Dallas Mavericks, 2022 NBA Draft, Trevor Keels / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Best player for Dallas Mavericks to draft at 26th overall: 2. Trevor Keels

Dallas also needs to improve their depth on the wing after Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock both averaged over 38 minutes per game in the postseason. Tim Hardaway Jr. was out with a foot injury, but the Mavericks would love to add another impactful wing this offseason.

Keels averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals in 30.2 minutes per game in his lone season at Duke. The 6’4 wing did not shoot the ball well, but he showed flashes of his immense two-way potential. Keels can be a secondary creator with the upside to become a lockdown defender.

Dallas has had plenty of success improving jump shots. Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber have gone from below average to nearly 40 percent in recent years, and Keels shot the ball well in high school. Can the Mavericks help him gain consistency with his jumper and take his game to the next level?

Trevor Keels is one of the youngest players in this draft class as he turns 19 in August. There is plenty of room for him to grow, but the 6’4 wing has the size, strength, and defensive ability to carve out a role from day one. Expect someone to get a steal in the late first round when they select Keels.

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