22 Stars the Dallas Mavericks missed drafting by a single pick

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12. Draymond Green

Draymond Green is widely known for having one of the best basketball minds in the NBA, and he was a pick away from being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Mavs selected Jae Crowder with the No. 34 overall pick in the second round, and Green was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 35 overall pick.

Crowder played a couple of seasons in Dallas before being dealt to the Boston Celtics as part of the infamous Rajon Rondo trade, and he was a fan favorite during his time on the Mavs due to his tireless energy, defense, and 3-point shooting. Crowder was always fun to watch in Dallas, but it would have been wild if they could have drafted Green. Some people predicted Green to join the Mavs last summer, but it never happened.

Green has been a staple of the Warriors for over 10 years, and his defense and high IQ would have worked wonders in Dallas. For his career, Green is averaging 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from downtown.

Green's scoring numbers may not jump off the page, but his defense, playmaking, and IQ have turned him into one of the most valuable glue guys in the NBA. It would have been fun to see him grow in Dallas next to Dirk Nowitzki, and now the Mavs have had to battle him multiple times a year every year.

Green's elite play may have been overshadowed by his inexcusable antics over the last couple of years, but he has the chance to go down as a Hall-of-Famer. He is seemingly always talking highly of Luka Doncic, and it would be interesting to see them become teammates one day.