It's no secret that the Dallas Mavericks are willing to make a splash when July 1 rolls around.
But before they can even think about what kind of superstars or big-time players they can get from free agency, the Dallas front office needs to do something that they haven't had a good track record of doing for the majority of the team's existence:
Get some contributors via the NBA draft.
The Mavericks have had some success at times in getting the players they felt could contribute right away, with names like Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Jamal Mashburn, Jason Kidd and, of course, Dirk Nowitzki (via draft-day trade) coming to mind.
But they have also come across fool's gold in their draft history, with lottery picks that never panned out: remember Samaki Walker, Tony Dumas, Kelvin Cato, Cherokee Parks and Maurice Ager?
Yeah, not too promising.
However, this year's draft is deep at every position, especially if a team is looking for guys who can play valuable minutes at the power forward and center positions.
With many of the older veterans moving on and more than likely looking for new homes, this is the perfect chance for the Mavs to get younger. And with the 17th pick and a lot of uncertainty on where players may go, Dallas has a chance to grab a diamond in the rough.
So with the NBA draft just around the corner, let's take a look at five options—in no particular order—that the Mavs should target if they're available when Dallas is on the clock.