4. Kris Murray
While Bilal Coulibaly is one of the younger prospects in the 2023 NBA Draft, Kris Murray falls on the opposite end of that spectrum. He will be 23 years old before the start of next season, but he’s everything the Dallas Mavericks need.
The brother of Keegan Murray, Kris is as NBA-ready as they come. He got a ton of buckets while playing for the University of Iowa, but he projects to be a great 3-and-D guy in the NBA, just like his brother.
Murray is 6'8 with a 7-foot wingspan and plays the forward position. He could run small forward or power forward alongside Josh Green for the Mavericks.
In his junior year at Iowa, Murray shot just 33.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line, but that number came on 6.8 attempts per game as the primary option. With the Mavericks, Murray would only have to worry about shooting off the catch and wouldn’t have defenses focused on him. He’s been great in those spots.
Most importantly, Murray has shown plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball. His size and strength allow him to battle on that end, which would give the Mavericks a much-needed boost.
Mock drafts are unable to pinpoint where Murray will fall. Some have him in the lottery while others have him going in the 20s, but regardless, Dallas should have their eyes on him.