NBA Draft: Rounding up the Mavericks’ selection of new mock drafts

All eyes are on the Western Conference Finals as the Dallas Mavericks continue an exciting postseason run against the Golden State Warriors. But at the other end of the NBA world, the focus was on Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery selection. The festivities had no impact on the Dallas Mavericks’ first-round pick, as they were locked in at the 26th pick in this summer’s draft.

However, it sparked an uptick in more concrete mock drafts from national publications. So, as we catch our breath after Game 1, we go through various posts to see who they think the Mavericks will add to the roster in the 2022 NBA Draft.

ESPN

Pick: Jaden Hardy (G League Ignite) — Guard

Preventing honest defenses from taking over Luka Doncic will always be a priority, something both Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie have done very effectively this season. With Brunson entering unrestricted free agency, adding another spark combo guard like Hardy could be attractive. Hardy entered the year as a possible top-five pick and still has plenty of upside to draw as an instinctive, shot-making scorer that he’s still only 19 years old.

the athletic

Pick: MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite) — Wing

Beauchamp has an incredible story of perseverance, essentially forging his own path after choosing not to go to college. He worked his way up to an Ignite contract this year and impressed scouts with his willingness to do all the little things. He defends well on the ball with real switching ability due to his 6-foot-11 wingspan. He is aggressive in breaking the glass. He cuts and makes things happen.

He’s become the dirty work-style wing guy who does whatever the team needs of him. Ultimately, NBA teams are going to need him to shoot, and I’m a little skeptical that he can, which is why he’s more of a guy late in the first round. But if the shootout does come, he could be a valuable rotation player.

Bleacher Report

Selection: Nikola Jovic (Mega) — Forward

There aren’t many forwards with size 6’10” plus shooting and playmaking ability, so the Mavericks might be willing to put concerns about Jovic’s athleticism behind them for creation with a pick in the 20s.

the ringer

Pick: Jalen Williams (Santa Clara) — Forward

I had the Mavs take MarJon Beauchamp here in my last drill, but up-and-down shooting from Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock has me wondering if they could find a more reliable perimeter presence. I keep coming back to Williams, who might not even end up as a first-round pick. The week of the NBA draft combine will be important to him in determining his stock considering his background coming from a middle career. But he drains 3s and plays hard on defense. He is the kind of ideal role player alongside Luka Doncic. Williams fits the job description, but he still needs to pass the interview.

SB Nation

Pick: Jaden Hardy (G League Ignite) — Guard

Hardy was a consensus top five high school recruit, and some league insiders believed he would contend to be the No. 1 overall pick in this draft, as he chose to play for the G League Ignite program instead of going to University. The 6-foot-4 guard didn’t live up to the hype, but the skills package that got him so touted could still serve as the foundation for a successful NBA career. Hardy is a shooting guard with a nasty recoil package, deep shooting range, and a bucket hunter mentality. While Hardy’s offense looks amazing when he’s on the go, he also has some severe limitations. He’s a poor finisher who lacks power around the basket, making only 38 percent of his attempts at the rim, according to The Box and One’s Adam Spinella. Hardy also finished with more turnovers (42) than assists ( 38), and he shot 35 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3. Hardy’s 88 percent mark from the free throw line might be a better indicator of his shooting talent, but there’s plenty of room to grow in his skill set despite his lofty reputation.

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