As of today, the Dallas Mavericks currently hold their 26th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. However, trades can always happen. Dallas often has hit-or-miss drafts, but there’s always potential in a first-round pick. The Mavericks made it to the Western Conference Finals this season, so they’re clearly on the verge of a real championship fight. Any addition from here on will be very important.
Three targets for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 NBA Draft
Recent draft history of the Mavericks
Dallas didn’t add anyone during the 2021 NBA draft. In 2020 they added Josh Green, Tyrell Terryand Tyler Bey. Terry and Bey are no longer on the team, essentially causing them to miss draft picks. Green remains with the team and still has potential, but overall he was a bit disappointing as an 18th pick overall. A number of players drafted to Green have found success very quickly. That being said, Green is still on the list, so there’s hope that he’ll become a regular rotation. The jury is still on him.
The Mavericks did not add anyone in the 2019 NBA Draft. That’s okay because the team had an absolutely stellar 2018 NBA draft. The first amendment was natural Luke Doncic. You don’t have to say much about that – Doncic is a generational talent and already one of the top players in the entire league. He will lead the Mavericks for years to come and is the main reason they are ready for the championship fight. Jalen Brunson entered the second round. He exploded on stage as a legitimate supporting star that season. He’s getting a free hand this summer, though, so Dallas’ holding on to him is crucial.
The three goals for 2022
Of course, the majority of “star players” will not be available once the Mavericks have made their choice. With that said, there will be talent.
The first name to watch will be Nikola Jovic. The European youngster has several tools on offense that will immediately translate to the NBA. Dallas is an offensive powerhouse that allows Jovic to fit in easily on day one. Dallas is of course also full of European talent, so Jovic may be able to skip any major learning curves. However, the Mavericks must hope that Jovic shoves a few picks.
Jaden Hardy from the G-League Ignite is another name to keep an eye on. He had lottery potential but slipped after a bad start with the Ignite. However, he improved fairly quickly. Hardy is a real offensive weapon, which means there is potential to thrive alongside Doncic. Hardy isn’t exactly boom-or-bust, but he certainly has “potential theft” written all over his face.
Finally another player the Mavericks can hope for is EJ Liddell from the state of Ohio. First of all, the playoffs showed that Dallas needs to increase their rotation a bit. Although Liddell isn’t the greatest striker, he does play well beyond his size. He is very talented on both sides and also has great leadership skills. Liddell appears to be a Brunson-type player, as in a later draft pick who blossomed later in his NBA career.