The Dallas Mavericks have their first-round pick in 2022, and they cannot trade it until after the draft. The Stepien Rule prevents NBA teams from dealing first-round picks in consecutive drafts, and the Mavs owe their 2023 first rounder to New York from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade.
The Mavericks could trade the pick on draft night with the deal being finalized after the new league year opens. They will have to decide between adding a young prospect with future potential or acquiring a veteran role player in a trade that can help Dallas win immediately. Fans will have to wait and see what Nico Harrison and the Mavs decision-makers choose.
Dallas is on pace to make the playoffs and will likely be selecting in the 20s. They could move into the late-teens if they falter down the stretch. With March Madness kicking off, who could the Mavericks target in the 2022 NBA Draft?
5 potential Dallas Mavericks draft targets to watch in March Madness
March Madness is a college basketball fan's dream. There are games all day in the opening rounds, and fans know there will be plenty of upsets and drama. Bracket contests, office pools, and betting have only added more intrigue to the tournament in recent years. Everyone has a reason to watch the NCAA Tournament.
Dallas Mavericks fans should be watching for another reason. There could be multiple future Mavs playing in this year’s tournament. Here is a look at five players taking part in March Madness that the Mavericks could select in the 2022 NBA Draft.