The Dallas Mavericks surged to fourth in the Western Conference as they had the second-best record in the league since the calendar flipped to 2022. Superstar Luka Doncic was playing the best basketball of his career before suffering a calf strain in the regular season finale that has cost him the first two games of their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz.
Dallas still has their first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. They owe their first-rounder to the New York Knicks in 2023 from the original Kristaps Porzingis, but they are not allowed to trade their top pick in consecutive years. The Mavs will head into draft night with their selection, but they could trade it when the pick is on the clock.
Where do the Mavericks pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, and what makes this year’s draft unique?
Where do the Dallas Mavericks select in the 2022 NBA Draft?
The NBA broke the ties in the standings on April 18, which set the order heading into the lottery. Each of the top 14 selections could change during the May 17 lottery, but the rest is set for draft night on June 23.
The Mavericks will select 26th overall for their first-round pick, and it is their only selection in this year’s draft. Dallas traded their second-round pick to Washington in the Kristaps Porzingis trade that brought Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans to Dallas.
The 2022 NBA Draft has just 58 selections this year as the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat were forced to forfeit their second-round picks. The two teams were supposed to pick just head of Dallas in the second round, so the Mavericks pick that was traded to the Wizards jumps from 56 to 54.
Will the Dallas Mavericks keep their draft choice or trade it for a veteran that is ready for rotation minutes? Who will the Mavs target? There will be plenty of time to answer those questions, so stay tuned.