3. 2023 1st round pick
The Mavericks owe this pick to the New York Knicks if it falls outside the top ten on lottery night. Dallas finished with the tenth-worst record, so they cannot afford to have any team jump above them on May 16. The Mavs have a 79.8 percent chance to keep this selection but is no guarantee.
Dallas will pick in the top four, tenth, or not at all. No team has more riding on the lottery. The Mavericks have a three percent chance of winning and grabbing Victor Wembanyama to pair with Luka Doncic. There is a 13.9 percent shot that Dallas moves into the top four and gets a premier prospect. Fans will be dreaming and dreading until the ping pong balls are decided.
If the Mavs send this pick to New York, they will have their 2024, 2025, and 2026 first-round picks available to trade. Dallas has pick protections on their 2024 and 2025 firsts to the Knicks, and the Stepien Rule currently prevents them from dealing 2026.
Either way, the Dallas Mavericks will have two first-round picks available to trade this summer, and they may use them both to upgrade their roster. The pressure is on, and the franchise knows it must build a contending around Luka before it is too late.