The 2014 NBA Draft is quickly approaching. Teams are fitting in as many player workouts as possible while general managers relentlessly scout the talent available. Most of the draft coverage usually centers around lottery teams and highly ranked prospects, neither of which will likely involve the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas will pick from the 34th and 51st slots on June 26th. Two second round picks don’t exactly excite a fan base, but there’s still reason to be intrigued. Let’s examine some of the draft buzz surrounding the Mavs:
- Value at the 34th Pick? – Last week, Bryan Gutierrez from ESPN Dallas analyzed the recent history of the 34th picks in the draft. The results? Not good. Since 2009, the best players selected in this slot so far are Atlanta’sShelvin Mack (2011) and Dallas’ own Jae Crowder (2012). Neither one has averaged more than 6 points or 20 minutes per game in their careers. Gutierrez also notes that the Mavericks last picked at 34 in the 2007 draft, selecting NickFazekas. Let’s hope for better luck this time around.
- Possible Options at No. 34 – Danny Webster from HoopsHabit.com profiled three guys Dallas might target with their first pick in the second round. Michigan SF Glenn Robinson III, Florida Center Patric Young, and UCLA F Kyle Anderson could all be on the board when Dallas goes on the clock. Out of the players Webster mentions, Anderson is the most intriguing prospect. At 6’9, he handles the ball like a point guard and shot a remarkable 48.3% from the field during his sophomore season for the Bruins. Most experts don’t see Anderson falling out of the first round, but questions about his motor and defense might could cause him to drop to the Mavs.
- Biggest Needs to Address – Dallas could address several significant needs with their picks in this year’s draft. According to Adi Joseph from USA TODAY Sports, the Mavericks’ three draft priorities are the small forward position, the center position and youth. Joseph includes former North Carolina star P.J. Hairston as a possible target at small forward. Hairston, who was suspended before his junior year, played the past season with the Dallas NBDL affiliate Texas Legends. This local connection, along with incredible shooting ability, make him a great option for the Mavs.