The Dallas Mavericks hit a home run on draft night 2018 by trading up to select superstar Luka Doncic third overall and grabbing Jalen Brunson in the second round. It changed the franchise's trajectory, and Luka’s immediate breakout had Dallas looking for a second star just months later.
They pulled off the trade for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. in Jan. 2019, but the two deals cost them four first-round picks in total. The Mavs still owe their opening-round selection to the Knicks in 2023 with a top ten protection.
The Stepien Rule prevents NBA teams from trading first-round picks in consecutive years, so Dallas still holds their top pick in 2022. They are unable to trade it until after the selection is made unless they acquire another first in a deal. The Mavs will be picking in this year’s draft, but who is on their radar?
5 2022 NBA Draft prospects that Dallas Mavericks should watch this season
The NCAA basketball season just started on Nov. 9, and it is way too early to tell where players will land come draft night. Dallas plans on making the playoffs and going on a deep run, and they will likely be picking somewhere between 15 and 25 in June’s draft.
The Mavericks should be searching for another ball-handler and playmaker, and fans know they also want shooting and defense around Luka Doncic. Dallas could go for an older more NBA-ready talent as they plan on contending for the next decade-plus.
Here are five players currently projected to go in that range that Dallas Mavericks fans should keep an eye on this season.