GM Nico Harrison will represent the Mavericks on biggest night in team history

Dallas Mavericks, Nico Harrison
Dallas Mavericks, Nico Harrison / Tim Heitman/GettyImages

The Dallas Mavericks are just days away from the biggest night in team history. The franchise had a disappointing season that was capped by tanking their final two games to finish with the tenth-worst record in the league. The Mavs were hit with a $750,000 fine for the incident, and it put a ton of extra pressure on May 16.

The 2023 NBA Draft Lottery will take place on that night. It is a franchise-altering evening, and fans will find out which team gets the right to draft Victor Wembanyama, the most hyped prospect since LeBron James. For Dallas, it is not just the shot to select first overall, though. The Mavs owe the New York Knicks their first-round pick with a top-ten protection. Dallas finished with the tenth-worst record, so slipping just one spot means their selection heads to the Big Apple.

Without their 2023 first-round pick, the Mavs will not be able to make the necessary upgrades around Luka Doncic to put them back into contention, which could set their doomsday scenario into motion. Fans found out on May 9 that general manager Nico Harrison will be representing the Mavericks at the lottery. Will he be the team’s good luck charm or does the night end in heartbreak from MFFLs?

GM Nico Harrison will represent the Mavericks at the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery

The Mavericks have just a three percent chance to get the number one overall pick and the right to draft Wembanyama. They sit at 13.9 percent to move into the top four and 79.8 percent to stay in the top ten and keep their pick.

Over 20 percent of the time, the Dallas Mavericks lose their pick to the Knicks. This is the final pick from the failed Kristaps Porzingis trade, but the Mavs are forever linked with New York. It is where Jalen Brunson went that started the downturn in Dallas from conference finalist to missing the playoff entirely. If the Mavericks lose this pick to the Knicks, it will be a devastating blow to an already reeling fan base.

Luka Doncic made it clear that the team needs to make upgrades this summer, so the Mavericks could look to trade this pick for immediate help if they can keep it. They desperately need the asset to improve their roster. Expect plenty of nail-biting until the order is announced.

Fans cannot miss the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, which takes place on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. CT. It will be arguably the biggest night in Dallas Mavericks' history. No pressure on general manager Nico Harrison, but the franchise certainly needs some luck.

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