|2017-18 W/L: 24-58||2018-19 W/L: 33-49|
Finished 14th in the western conference (Missed Playoffs)
Team Needs: PG, C
Player Option: Dwight Powell
Pick 1: 2nd Round-37th Overall
Players who could be available and fit with this pick:
PG: Ty Jerome
The Mavericks have had back to back down years by the franchises standards, however entering free agency they have more than enough cap space to make a run at some of the bigger available names. After making some mid season trades dramatically altering their roster and freeing up the cap space for this summer, priority number one for the team is re-signing Kristaps Porzingis. All signs point to him staying in Dallas, but there is never a guarantee until the player signs paperwork, and the Mavericks have expressed their interest in giving Porzingis the money he is looking for. Assuming they do keep Porzingis, he would then be paired with arguably the best rookie from last years draft class, Luka Doncic. In his first season Doncic exploded into in the casual basketball fans view after averaging over 20 points per game on the season. If Porzingis can stay healthy, the duo of him and Doncic provides the team with play making ability and two unique skill sets. Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Justin Jackson, and Dwight Powell are all solid players that can contribute but they will need to add more talent to the roster before they are back to competing for titles. Due to the fact that the team only has one pick in the second round this will need to mainly occur in free agency, however they can add a player through the draft that can make an impact if they find a steal early in the second round.
The selection will be determined by what prospects go off of the board in front of them, but there are plenty of options with a high upside that could still be available when the Mavericks are on the clock. Ty Jerome would be a good value pick and with his ability to play both guard positions and he would fit in well with Doncic, Lee, and Hardaway Jr., although he could be taken by the time they get to Dallas. If they want to go the route of selecting a wing to add depth at shooting guard or small forward then Jaylen Hoard, Ignas Brazdeikis, Luguentz Dort and others could be options and the team will have it narrowed down to a handful of wings that they feel could be a good choice. Another big man would make sense with the current players under contract, and if a prospect like Daniel Gafford is still available his athleticism as well as his defensive abilities would match well with Porzingis. Isaiah Roby has a high ceiling and could still be on the board in the mid 30’s in addition to Grant Williams possibly being in that range. Players with a wide range of projections like Carsen Edwards and Jalen Mcdaniels are prospects to keep an eye on if they last into the second round with many teams drafting the best player available at that point. If we were drafting for Dallas we would take a point guard if one is available that is a good value at #37, and if no point guards make sense then we would select a center that could play alongside Porzingis and keep up with the speed of the NBA.