10 Players Dallas Mavericks fans should watch in the NCAA Tournament

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2. Tyrese Proctor

Duke, Guard, 6'5"

After trading for P.J. Washington and Daniel Gafford, the Dallas Mavericks struck out on trying to sign a backup point guard. Dallas pursued former Maverick Spencer Dinwiddie but he ended up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rather than searching the buyout market for another point guard, the Mavs pivoted and converted A.J. Lawson's two-way deal to a standard contract. With Dante Exum's injury history and Jaden Hardy not being in the rotation, it may be time for the Mavs to consider drafting a point guard to hopefully lead the second unit one day.

The Mavs could consider someone like Duke's Tyrese Protcor in the draft, and although he looks like he may go early in the second round, the NCAA Tournament could ultimately decide his future draft position.

This season at Duke, Proctor is averaging 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.7 steals per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from downtown. Proctor is a true point guard, and he would be a great secondary creator.

His ability to create while also shooting off the catch would make him a good fit on the floor with Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving, and the Mavs need another guard with size. Proctor is 6-foot-5, and having this size while also being an elite creator, shooter, and solid defender should make him a coveted prospect in the 2024 NBA Draft.