The Dallas Mavericks wasted no time in upgrading their roster by trading for Christian Wood before the NBA Finals were over. They jumped at the chance to grab a floor-spacing five that can score, rebound, and make shots. The trade also allowed the Mavs to offload four players that were not part of their playoff rotation at the cost of the 26th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Dallas cannot officially make the Wood deal until after the draft. The Stepien Rule prevents teams from trading first-round picks in consecutive years, and the Mavericks owe their 2023 first to New York from the original Kristaps Porzingis deal back in 2019. It will technically be Dallas making the selection before trading the rights to Houston.
The Mavs currently do not have a pick in the 2022 draft. They traded their second-rounder with Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans at the deadline. That may have MFFLs thinking about skipping the festivities on June 23, but doing so is a mistake.
Why Dallas Mavericks fans should watch the 2022 NBA Draft
The Mavs did not make a pick in last year’s draft, but the night was still worth watching. Texas native Cade Cunningham went first overall to the Pistons, the Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook in one of seven trades, and the Raptors shocked the world by selecting Scottie Barnes fourth overall.
Every draft night is special and worth tuning in for, but if you need more convincing, here are three reasons why Dallas Mavericks supporters should watch the 2022 NBA Draft.