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Mavericks: 5 2022 NBA Draft prospects to watch this season

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2022 NBA Draft prospect Dallas Mavericks fans should watch: 5. JD Davison

Davison came off the bench in the University of Alabama’s first two games, but he still managed to average 25 minutes per in the shorter 40-minute games. The 19-year-old is behind Jaden Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford in the rotation, but he offers plenty of excitement.

Davison is 6’3 and a strong passer and playmaker. He has no issues getting to the rim and has showcased plus-athleticism in his limited college sample. Head coach Nate Oats runs a stat-friendly system, especially for point guards, so Davison should have plenty of opportunities to shine, even if he is not playing 30-plus minutes per game.

The 19-year-old’s shooting will be what separates him this season. If he connects on over 38 percent from 3-point range, Davison will likely be a lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, but the 6’3 guard has struggled from deep coming into Alabama. Will fans see improvements that boost his draft stock?

Selecting JD Davison would allow the Dallas Mavericks to get out in transition more, and he would add another ball-handler and playmaker to a roster light on those options. The teenager will likely fall outside the lottery unless his minutes and shooting improve as the season progresses, which could allow the Mavs to get a steal on draft night.