The Dallas Mavericks selected Dereck Lively II with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft. Originally holding the 10th pick, the Mavs traded the 10th pick and Davis Bertans to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the chance to select Lively at 12, allowing them to create a TPE in the process.
In a surprising turn of events, the Mavs traded back into the first round to take Olivier-Maxence Prosper with the 24th overall pick. Alongside Prosper, the Mavs also received center Richaun Holmes from the Kings, who joined the team via the TPE created in the Bertans deal.
After the draft, the Mavericks also brought in point guard Mike Miles Jr. on a two-way deal.
Now that the 2023 NBA Draft has come to a conclusion, all eyes are on free agency. But for now, let's take a look at the projected 2023-24 Mavs depth chart before free agency begins.
Updated Dallas Mavericks depth chart after trade-filled 2023 NBA Draft
Point guards: Luka Doncic, Mike Miles Jr.
Shooting guards: Kyrie Irving, Jaden Hardy
Small forwards: Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green
Power forwards: Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Centers: Richaun Holmes, Dereck Lively II, Javale McGee
To round out the rest of the starting five, any collective of Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Maxi Kleber, and Reggie Bullock could start at the forward positions, with the center position providing an unknown as well.
Hardaway provides the most offense, which could be beneficial off the bench. However, he is the best spot-up shooter on the roster, which is an added bonus next to Doncic. Green provides constant energy and may start due to his role as the Mavericks' best perimeter defender at the guard spot.
Bullock provides some of what Hardaway would bring and some of what Green does, as he's a solid spot-up shooter and a quality perimeter defender, better suited for positions two through four.
Kleber would be a great fit on any roster, as he can hit the occasional three while defending in space and working as a weakside shot blocker, making him another decent choice to start for Dallas.
To begin the season, there's a chance that Lively could occupy the starting center role, as he's a defensive specialist, but he's still a relatively raw prospect.
He only played 20.4 minutes per game at Duke and averaged 5.2 points per game as a freshman. For now, Richaun Holmes will likely settle into the starting spot, but look for that to change throughout the year.
All in all, the Mavs had a great draft. They traded down, ridding themselves of the Bertans contract while simultaneously adding a frontcourt anchor in Lively. Later in the first round, they managed to add another active perimeter defender in Prosper, which was a nice touch. And, not to be forgotten, Holmes will be added to the remade Mavericks frontcourt.
It was a solid night for Dallas, but there is still plenty of work to be done.