The Dallas Mavericks were drafted for the first time since the infamous 2020 NBA Draft, when they selected three picks in the first 40 — Josh Green (No. 18), Tyrell T. Lee (No. 31) and Taylor Bay (No. 36). Two years later, Green is the only player of the three to remain on the Dallas roster.
Since then, the Mavs’ roster and personnel have changed dramatically, with Nico Harrison replacing Donnie Nelson as general manager. Since this is Harrison’s first draft (the pick actually used), it’s hard to figure out what type of player the Mavericks will be targeting.
Because of the unpredictability, the best way to predict what the Mavs will do is to assume they’ll be targeting the best player available, regardless of position, as the roster likely faces more overhauls. Here’s a list of some of the top prospects Dallas can pick up on June 23. It’s based on who’s actually projected to last up to No. 26, so that doesn’t include lottery talent, where players typically mock the top 18:
Jaylin Williams, 6-10, 237 PF, Arkansas
The Mavs have a glaring hole at power forward and center, and Jaylin Williams could be a good solution both now and in the long run. Williams does pretty much everything but doesn’t do anything to a very good level. Normally that can be an issue, but the Mavs’ big man needs more skill-based abilities, and Williams can provide finishing at the rim, playmaking, perimeter defense and growth as a shooter.
Adding a big man who can safely guard multiple positions on the perimeter would be very valuable to the Mavs’ frontcourt. While Williams lacks rim protection and finishes shooting above the rim in traffic, he can always find a way to impact the game and overcome his shortcomings.
You can find Jaylin Williams’ full scouting report here.
Ismael Kamagate, 6-11, 220 Centre, France
If the Mavericks want an explosive center with high positions on both ends of the floor, Shenmeng should be Dallas’ first choice. With incredible block length, Kamagate has never been out of the game on the defensive end. With that range and explosiveness, it’s also possible to defend the perimeter and handle some guards on the drive.
While Kamagate is still a little shaky for a 21-year-old, after a certain point, the flashes of defensive upside may be too high to pass up. Offensively, there are some signs of mid-range shooting developing, with Kamagate posing a threat as an inside finisher as a diver without the pick-and-roll.
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Marjon Beauchamp, 6-6, 190 (7’1 wingspan), SF, G League Ignite
Marjon Beauchamp lived up to his high school status (the 56th recruit in the nation) as a member of G League Ignite after taking a year off from training after graduating in 2020. Beauchamp offers value as a forward and a defender with his athleticism.
One of Beauchamp’s key swing skills is his jump shot. His mid-range jumper is strong, but his 3-point percentage (28.5 percent) and an indeterminate 70.6 percent free-throw percentage have some wondering how much that could improve in the NBA.
Wendell Moore, 6-6, 217 United, Duke
Moore has NBA-fit body and strength and a 7-foot wingspan. He also has experience playing complementary roles if drafted by the Mavs, just like he did in Dallas. Moore has gained experience this season with a starting lineup of future NBA players — all of whom are likely to be first-rounders.
Moore maximized his shooting efficiency, developed into a passer, and played a solid defense in his role, capable of defending multiple positions due to his size, strength and IQ. One of his glaring flaws is his ability to blow the ball or lack thereof in tight defenses, which could limit him as an off-ball player. While Moore lacks star power, he fits well with the current Mavs core on paper and is likely to be one of the most well-rounded wings on the roster in terms of raw skill sets from day one.
Jake Lallavia, 6-8, 227 F, Wake Forest
The Mavericks have always had a strong interest in players with an elite work ethic—those who live and breathe the game. Jake LaRavia fits the bill for those elite intangibles that Dallas is looking for, combined with translatable skills as a combo forward. With enough lateral speed and intelligence to not get lost on the defensive end, LaRavia can hold her own on the defensive end without being seen as a burden.
In a defensive system like Dallas’s, Lallavia’s shortcomings can easily be overshadowed. On offense, Laravia can handle the ball to create his own shot, including a deadly spin. He’s comfortable soaking up touches, getting to the free throw line and using his soft touch to finish. Most importantly, he has an NBA-able jumper and ideal shot.