Mavericks Mock Draft 2.0

Nick Neppach
June 12, 2018 - 9:40 am
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We are less than ten days away from the 2018 NBA Draft. The Dallas Mavericks will have three picks next Thursday, June 21st. Here is a guess at who they will take.

5th: Mohamed Bamba: Center

Mohamed Bamba and Shaka Smart
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Freshman | Texas | 7'0" | 226 lbs.

While all sorts of things could happen in the first four picks of the draft, it just feels like Mohamed Bamba will be there at five for Dallas. Michael Porter Jr has been floated out there, but Bamba is too much to pass up. There is a lot of upside offensively, and he can be your defensive anchor behind Dennis Smith Jr. for the future. In his workouts, Bamba’s shot looks better and he is flashing athleticism. He is charismatic, confident, and has a great smile. Fans will love him on and off the floor.

33rd: Moritz Wagner: Center

Moritz Wagner
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Junior | Michigan| 6'11" | 240 lbs.

While I have been saying for five months that the Mavericks would be taking Grayson Allen with this pick, I have to change course. Wagner has been in Dallas for a workout, and it seems like the Mavericks really like him. He is a skilled, shot making, big from Germany. Dallas has a decent history in that department. Wagner will bring offense, something the Mavericks desperately need, but will need to get better on defense to stay on the floor.

54: Alize Johnson: Forward

Alize Johnson
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Senior | Missouri State | 6'8" | 217 lbs.

At this point in the draft, the rate of the return is low, but there is value to be had when projecting forward. Johnson is a small school guy who was forced to play center in college, but grew up playing point guard. In today’s NBA, he fits somewhere in the middle. Johnson is versatile defensively, a great rebounder, and can handle the ball. I doubt he becomes a big scoring threat. However, he could grow into floor-spacing spot up shooter. If he wants to stick early on, he will have to play with energy, be a great defender, and rebound.