Rumors: Dallas Mavericks to lean on fan-favorite rookie early

2023 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
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The Dallas Mavericks draft night started busy as they traded the No. 10 pick and Davis Bertans to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the No. 12 pick and a traded player exception. The Thunder left that trade with Cason Wallace and Bertans, while Dallas drafted Dereck Lively II with the No. 12 pick.

As if Dallas' night could get any better, they made another move. Dallas sent the traded player exception to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Richaun Holmes and the No. 24 pick.

They used that pick to draft star wing Olivier-Maxence Prosper.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks fan-favorite rookie to be in rotation right away

Prosper played three years in college and averaged 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game. After a week of playing in Summer League, most Mavs fans are ecstatic about what Prosper can bring to the floor.

He can guard multiple positions, score off the dribble, and knock down catch-and-shoot threes. Although his three-point percentage wasn't great at Summer League, he should be just fine in the NBA. Prosper played so well that multiple sources have said he'll be in the Mavs' nightly rotation right away.

According to Tim Cato of The Athletic, multiple people from within the Mavericks' organization believe that Prosper "might immediately join the rotation this coming season," (subscription required). This report was no surprise, as Prosper looked great at Summer League.

A few days later on Brian Dameris and Mike Followill's podcast, "Take Dat Wit You," they talked about Prosper's impact from day one, and Dameris made a similar comment to what Cato reported. "O-Max is going to be a rotation player," Dameris said.

Both of these reports, combined with Prosper's level of play and Dallas' needs, will make him a player who makes an impact from day one. We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding the team during Prosper's rookie year, so stay tuned.