2. Mark Price
The Mavs drafted Mark Price in the second round in 1986, but he was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a draft night trade. Dallas acquired the pick as compensation for Pat Cummings signing with the Knicks in free agency in 1984, but the franchise was loaded with talent by 1986. They selected Roy Tarpley seventh overall, and he only played 18.7 minutes per game as a rookie.
The Dallas Mavericks had Derek Harper and Brad Davis at point guard to go with a loaded starting five featuring Rolando Blackman, Mark Aguirre, James Donaldson, and Sam Perkins. They were bounced in the first round of the playoffs in 1987 before reaching the conference finals in 1988.
Mark Price became a legend in Cleveland. The six-foot point guard slipped into the second round as questions about his size and speed took over. Price proved everyone wrong as he made four All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections over his nine seasons with the Cavaliers. He led his team to the conference finals in 1992 where they lost to Michael Jordan’s Bulls.
Mark Price played 12 seasons in the NBA and was one of the best point guards of his era. It was not quite a Hall of Fame worthy career, but the six-footer is a Cavaliers legend that never played a second for the Mavericks.