Around this time each year, draft forecasters and basketball fans are reminded that productivity and talent know no particular draft position: you can find busts and underwhelming talents at the top of the draft, and hidden gems towards the bottom. Although most of the team’s inabilities can be addressed through free agency, the Dallas Mavericks can also rely on the draft to fix some of the roster’s ineptitudes.
We are a week away from the 2019 NBA Draft, and Dallas Mavericks fans should be excited as last year’s draft proved to be quite successful. During the 2018 draft, we traded for franchise-cornerstone Luka Doncic, picked our future second-unit leader Jalen Brunson at the 33rd pick, and acquired both athletic-big Ray Spalding at the 56th spot and promising-wing Kostas Antetokounmpo at 60th from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite how relatively well our front office drafted last year, the Dallas Mavericks finished the past NBA season with a lot to improve: shooting (both free-throws and three-pointers), rebounding, perimeter defense, rim protection, and reliable offensive ball-handling and facilitation outside of Luka Doncic.
Although most of the aforementioned insufficiencies can certainly be addressed through free agency this summer, the Mavericks can also rely on the draft to ameliorate some of the roster’s ineptitudes.
In acquiring Luka Doncic, the Mavs sacrificed this year’s first-round pick and consequently hold only one draft position (so far) in the 2019 NBA draft: the 37th overall spot, or the 7th pick of the second round. Ahead, we consider and analyze the seven projected draft targets in this year’s draft for the Dallas Mavericks (if Zion Williamson does not fall).
Option No. 1: