5 Reasons the Mavericks must stay away from drafting Bronny James

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2. Dallas needs a 3-point shooter

One key reason and arguably the biggest reason why the Mavs fell in the NBA Finals was their poor 3-point shooting. Against the Celtics in Game 5, the Mavs shot 11-of-37 from three. If Dallas was able to knock down more threes, the series could've been totally different and the Mavs could have extended the series.

In his one season at USC last season, James struggled shooting from three. James shot 16-of-60 from three (27 percent). The Mavs can't afford for James to wait to develop his 3-point shooting when they need it now.

One player that the Mavs should keep their eyes on in the draft is Boogie Ellis. In his NCAA career, Ellis is a 38 percent shooter from three. This season with James as his teammate, Ellis shot 42 percent from three. In his career, Ellis has made 313 career threes.

Tristen Newton is also a player the Mavs can select in the draft who is a solid 3-point shooter. Newton shot 33 percent from three in his collegiate career. This year in the Final Four and National Championship game combined, Newton was 5-of-14 (36 percent) from three.

Dallas would be better off drafting a player who is more of a reliable 3-point shooter than James. Also, with both of them being guards, it would give the Mavs more depth at guard with how stacked their guards are already. A guard like James who isn't capable of shooting the three, might not fit the Mavs.