5 Players the Mavericks must draft on day 2 after absent first round

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2. Tristen Newton (UConn)

One thing that is for sure for El Paso, Texas, native Tristen Newton is that he is a winner. After three seasons at East Carolina, Newton transferred to UConn where he was part of UConn's back-to-back National Championships and was a major part of the Huskies' team.

In his final collegiate season, the 6-foot-3 guard was a complete all-around guard to make a team want to draft him. Newton led UConn in scoring averaging 15.1 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, and also led UConn in assists per game averaging 6.2. For a player to stick out like that with those stats on a team like UConn, is very impressive. If needed, Newton can also add the 3-ball to his game as he shot 32 percent from three this past season.

With the Mavs needing another point guard to be a backup to Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic (a third ball handler), Newton can find himself in that position. Newton also can have the opportunity to be mentored by Irving. Both of them have similarities as they are both all-around guards. Having two players who play similarly can be a good thing for a team.

Newton is a clear winner and could want to be drafted by a team that is currently in a win-now phase. With the Mavs reaching the Finals, this would be a perfect fit for the Mavs to draft Newton with the 58th pick.