Prospect for Dallas Mavericks at number 3 overall: Scoot Henderson
Odds to land this selection: 3.6 percent
Henderson is the second-best player in this class, and there is always a case to draft skill over fit. The problem for Dallas is that the 19-year-old is just 6’2. Do the Mavs want two undersized point guards in their backcourt? Making the defense work with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving on the roster has been a challenge, and those problems get tougher to figure out if Dallas adds someone like Henderson.
Scoot Henderson is a dynamic playmaker with the potential to be a multiple-time All-Star. This season, he averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.0 steal in 30.7 minutes per game for the G League Ignite. The teenager shot 42.9 percent from the field, 27.5 percent on his threes, and 76.4 percent from the foul line.
Mavericks fans know that teenage prospects can struggle with the Ignite and immediately be ready to make an impact in the NBA. Jaden Hardy slipped into the second round because of his play in the G League before immediately becoming a draft steal.
Scoot Henderson is an elite prospect that will likely be the second overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. If the Dallas Mavericks move up, they should select Brandon Miller over Henderson, but they cannot pass on the 6’2 guard twice.