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The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest move of the draft on Thursday, sending their No. 17 overall pick, Tyler Zeller, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for pick Nos. 24, 33 and 34.
At No. 24, the Mavericks received Jared Cunningham from Oregon State. The 6'4" shooting guard will likely move to the point at the next level, but could be a solid player in the future with his explosiveness and ability to drive the lane.
At No. 33, the Cavs sent Benard James to the Mavericks, the 27-year-old center from Florida State. James is one of the most interesting prospects in the draft, a military veteran who served six years in the US Air Force before returning stateside to play college ball.
He may not ever see playing time at the NBA level, but the 6'10" big man will work harder than anyone else to try and get there.
Their last pick of the draft was Jae Crowder, at No. 34 overall. Crowder was the Big East Player of the Year last year, leading Marquette to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.
Crowder has been criticized by scouts for his lack of size, but his high motor and will to compete may just be able to compensate for that as he hopes to transition to the NBA.
Trade Grade: B