Dallas Mavericks Mock Draft 1.0

Nick Neppach
April 11, 2018 - 10:26 am
Marvin Bagley

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Dallas will have three picks in the NBA Draft on June 21st. Currently, the Mavericks have a share of the third best draft lottery odds. For the sake of this discussion, we will assume their picks are: 3, 35, and 54. With that in mind, I have put together a Mavericks’ mock draft of the three players I would take with those picks.

3rd: Marvin Bagley III: Forward

Freshman |Duke | 6'11" | 234 lbs.

Duke Blue Devils forward Marvin Bagley III
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If the Mavericks end up with the third overall pick, it could put them in an interesting spot. Assuming the top two picks are DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic, Dallas will have options. I think Marvin Bagley would be the best option. He had his defensive struggles in his one season at Duke, but he has great physical tools and lateral quickness. With good coaching, he can certainly develop into a good enough defensive player. Bagley plays with a ton of effort and is a monster on the glass. His second and third jump is the best in this class. He can run the floor, and is a great inside scorer. And while consistent perimeter shooting is not there yet, Bagley does enough elsewhere to make him worth the third overall pick.

35: Grayson Allen: Guard

Senior | Duke | 6'5" | 205 lbs.

 Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen
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Okay, I promise this is not just my Duke fan bias. And I know you probably hate Grayson Allen. But put away that hate for a second. The Mavericks go back to back Duke players with Allen in the second round. Dallas needs shooting and Allen brings that. He can space the floor, play with energy, and spot up anywhere. Allen is a smart player that would fit well in Rick Carlisle's system. For the first time in three years, he will have zero pressure of being THE guy. His quick release and shooting should find him a spot.

54: Kevin Hervey: Forward

Senior | UTA | 6'9" | 230 lbs.

Texas-Arlington Mavericks forward Kevin Hervey
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While the possibility of taking an international prospect that not many people have heard of is there, so is staying local. The Mavericks do that and take Arlington, and UTA’s own, at 54. This season, Dallas has trotted out a host of names to play reserve roles at the wing behind Harrison Barnes. And while they may have found something in Doug McDermott, it never hurts to have depth. Kevin Hervey is all over the record books at UTA: first in total rebounds, first in double-doubles, second in scoring, second in fields goals, and second in field goals attempted. He has had two major knee injuries over the course of his high school and college career, but his length and scoring are enough to sneak into the back of the draft.