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Even though it's a heartbreaking thought, Dirk Nowitzki will be gone in the somewhat near future. He's been the face of the organization for over a decade, yet all good things must eventually come to an end.
For the Mavericks, Dirk's unique style of play may be impossible to completely replace. But in a draft stocked full of good big men, they could potentially begin to groom his successor underneath him.
With Anthony Davis, Jared Sullinger and Thomas Robinson all predicted to go in the top 10, I could see Dallas going with either Perry Jones III or Tyler Zeller of North Carolina.
Jones would be the more likely scenario, as he has a bit more upside and potential than Zeller, who many see as an NBA center.
Jones shot above 50 percent from the field at Baylor, showing that he does a good job picking good shots, a necessary trait for NBA big men. Like Nowitzki, Jones will be able to stretch defenses with a good-looking mid-range shot as well.
Blessed with outstanding athleticism, Jones runs the floor very well for someone with his 6'11'' frame. In fact, he can even play small forward at times if needed to do so. His length and athleticism make him an outstanding defender both down low and on the perimeter.
It would also be quite the popular pick for Dallas, as I'm sure the Mavs and Baylor Bears share plenty of mutual fans.
He may not be Dirk Nowitzki, but by the time Dirk retires, Jones could potentially be a force to reckon with in the NBA.