3 Positives, 2 negatives of Mavericks landing 10th pick in 2023 NBA Draft Lottery

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Positive of Dallas Mavericks landing 10th pick: 2. Knicks have to wait

The Knicks did not make friends with the Mavs last year as they openly pursued Jalen Brunson during the playoffs and before they were allowed to talk to him in free agency. New York was ultimately found guilty of tampering and lost a second-round pick, but they got the best of the situation by signing Brunson.

The Mavericks did not want the Knicks to get another one over them here. They had a 79.8 percent chance of keeping their pick, but the second-most likely scenario was New York getting the 11th pick from Dallas and maximizing its potential. The Mavs had zero desire to lose their pick, especially to the Knicks.

Staying tenth means New York will have to wait at least one more year to finish the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The Mavericks now owe their 2024 first-round pick to the Knicks with another top-ten protection. Dallas is hoping to avoid the lottery for at least the next decade with Luka Doncic, and not being able to do it could mean bigger worries for the Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to convey a pick in the 20s to the New York Knicks in 2024. That would mean they are comfortably back in the playoffs and made the most of the 2023 offseason.