10 Win-now players the Mavericks should trade up for in NBA Draft

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8. Jamal Shead

Unlike Bronny James and Trentyn Flowers, Jamal Shead would be one player the Mavericks might have to trade more assets to acquire. The former Houston Cougar could be the perfect guard for the Mavs.

Last season, he played a pivotal role in helping Houston advance to the Sweet 16. He averaged a near double-double during the postseason with 11.3 points per game and 7.3 assists. He had his best game in the second round of the tournament when he dropped in 21 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds.

Defensively, he is a great leader and plays hard. Last season, he was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the 2024 Naismith DPOY award. He is a hard-nosed defender who isn't afraid to harass players and play them tightly.

His defensive style is similar to Alex Caruso, as Shead can chase down the ball or pickpocket his opponents from various angles.

Shead also has a fast bounce, and is an unselfish guard who is always ready to pass the ball.

Some concerns include his ability to shot the ball from deep and his height. Last season, he shot 30.9 percent from long range.

Otherwise, Shead would be an ideal backup guard for Dallas who can play both sides of the ball.