2. Cason Wallace
The second of the three Dallas natives that the Mavericks can target in the 2023 NBA Draft is point guard Cason Wallace.
Wallace went to Richardson High School for all four years before going to the University of Kentucky. At Kentucky, Wallace averaged 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and two steals per game. He has the potential to be one of the best guard defenders in this draft, and he has a great chance to fall to pick ten.
Wallace is a competitor on the defensive end that picks up opponents 94 feet. He takes pride in locking people down and plays sound defense. Wallace doesn't gamble as an off-ball defender and has the chance to be the next great Kentucky guard in the NBA.
Offensively, Wallace is a better player than people give him credit for and has a balanced game. While he isn't the type of player you can give the rock and tell to iso, he is still a capable scorer. He is a strong finisher around the basket and finishes with floaters often. Wallace is also a great three-point shooter off the catch.
Wallace would fit perfectly on the Mavericks. He has the basketball IQ and passing ability to run the second unit and would be one of the best defenders on the team. Wallace could also play in small-ball lineups with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving to help hide them defensively.