Top 10 Dallas Mavericks draft day pickups since 2000

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The Dallas Mavericks beat the Houston Rockets 121-115 Tuesday night as Dallas improved its record to 11-6. The Mavs are now tied for the third-best record in the Western Conference.

Around this time last season, Dallas sat with a 10-10 record as the team struggled to help Luka Doncic. The problem was the Mavs were so reliant on Doncic that he became the team's primary shotmaker and he didn't have much help around him.

Things have changed this season, as Dallas has found another scorer in Kyrie Irving. The eight-time All-Star has improved his connection with Doncic, allowing the two to build trust.

Top 10 Dallas Mavericks draft day pickups since 2000

Other players have also stepped up this season. Newcomers Grant Williams and Dante Exum became key lockdown defenders, while Derrick Jones Jr. and Josh Green have become interchangeable at the wing position.

Not to mention Dereck Lively II has been a positive addition. The Dallas rookie is averaging 8.1 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. He currently leads the team in offensive rebounds and blocks.

One part of his game that must be mentioned is his mentorship from Tyson Chandler. The 2011 Champion has taken Lively II under his wing as he is helping him develop his game.

Top Mav 10 Draft Selections/Trades Since the 2000s

So, with Lively II progressing daily, how good might the Mavs rookie become? Could he reach Chandler's status? Where might he rank compared to previous Dallas rookies?

Well, lets dive in and rank the top 10 draft selections/trades in Dallas Mavericks history.

10. Rodrigue Beaubois

First on the list is former Dallas Mavericks Rodrigue Beaubois. Dallas traded for the 6-foot-2 rookie during the 2009 NBA Draft when they sent their 24th selection, Bryon Mullens, for Beaubois and a second-round draft pick.

The 2011 NBA Champion played all four of his NBA seasons with the Mavs. He averaged 7.1 points per game and shot 51.8 percent overall during his rookie year.

The following season, he took a step forward. He poured in 8.4 points per game and played a key role for Dallas during the 2010-11 season. He started in 26 games for the team. He lost his starting spot to DeShawn Stevenson when he suffered a sprained left foot.

He bounced back nicely in his third year when he averaged a career-high in points, rebounds, and assists. In his first game that season, he had 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks.

During his four seasons in Dallas, he was vital role player who could provide an offensive spark off the bench. He had periodical stretches where averaged double-digits.

Beaubois will always remembered for his 2010 playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs.

He now plays in Turkey, but will always be remembered for his time with the Mavericks.