2nd-Round Draft Prospects Guaranteed to Interest the Dallas Mavericks
While much of the attention is being focused on what will happen in the NBA lottery, there can be potential value in all 60 picks on draft night.
Just in recent years, Marc Gasol, Gilbert Arenas, Manu Ginobili and Carlos Boozer are among the players picked in the second round of the NBA draft who went on to become All-Stars in their NBA careers.
Last year, the Dallas Mavericks picked up Jae Crowder in the second round, who ended up being a solid rotation player for the club, and Bernard James, who got some playing time at the center position as well.
While this may not be a strong draft class up front, plenty of players who are currently projected not to be first-round picks could end up making a serious impact in the NBA.
The Mavericks need all the help they can get if they want to get back into the playoff mix, and if they play their cards right, they could end up getting a second-round pick who can help their squad.
Here are some potential second-rounders who will be capturing the Mavericks' attention in the next month.
C Jeff Withey
Depending on where you look, Jeff Withey is either projected as a late-first- or early-second-round draft pick, and if he does slip into Round 2, the Mavericks should do whatever they can to bring him in.
The Mavericks are in need of a big man who can make a difference defensively, and that is certainly where Withey could come in.
Withey is a legitimate 7-footer who averaged over eight rebounds and three blocks a game at Kansas last year. He is excellent at protecting the basket and could give the Mavericks a great backup, or even starting, center for years to come if he can develop his offensive game.
PG Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo is an under-the-radar point guard prospect who could easily fall into the mid-second round come draft night.
However, Kabongo has shown in his college career that he has the ability when he is on the court to be a serious playmaker.
Kabongo is an excellent passer and is extremely quick in the open floor, and he also operates very well in the pick-and-roll.
Kabongo isn't a good shooter and still needs to get much stronger defensively, which is why he will slip to the second round. However, if the Mavericks can bring him in and slowly build him into the rotation, he could end up being a huge bargain.
SF Adonis Thomas
Adonis Thomas out of Memphis is a player who could be exactly what the Mavericks are looking for late in the draft.
Thomas is a work-in-progress on the offensive end, but the former Memphis standout is an extremely tough and gritty player who can end up being a bruiser defensively.
Thomas can use his athleticism to rebound the ball effectively at the pro level, and he could be a player who develops into a stopper if he can work on his perimeter game.
The Mavericks already have a player similar to Thomas on their roster in Jae Crowder, but if Dallas decides to part ways with Crowder via a trade in the offseason, it would be nice to have Thomas there to take on that role.
Adonis Thomas really helped his case... Dropped 6% body fat, shot the ball well and reminded teams why he was a top high school talent— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 17, 2013
PG Nate Wolters
Nate Wolters may end up being limited on the defensive end and needs to bulk up and improve his quickness if he wants to make it in the NBA.
However, one thing is for sure, Wolters can flat-out score the basketball.
Wolters can shoot from distance, get into the lane, hit free throws, and he also has the ability to get his teammates involved in the game.
He has a great presence on the court and a high basketball IQ. It would be smart for the Mavericks to at least consider Wolters if he is still on the board when Dallas picks in the second round.
C Dewayne Dedmon
If Dallas still finds itself without a big man in the second round, it may want to look into USC big man Dewayne Dedmon.
Dedmon without a doubt had a disappointing college career. He never made the impact that many believed he would in SoCal and has big strides ahead of him if he wants to make it in the NBA.
Still, Dedmon has serious potential, especially on the defensive end. Considering that he didn't even pick up basketball until age 18, Dedmon has come a long way and should only continue to improve.
Make no mistake, Dedmon is a project, but with his shot-blocking ability to go along with his athleticism, he could be worth taking a flyer on in the second round.
SG Vander Blue
Anyone who watched Marquette's run to the Elite Eight in last year's NCAA tournament can tell you: Vander Blue can straight-up play.
Blue's jump shot may be unconventional, he needs to improve his ball-handling, and his basketball IQ simply must get better.
What type of player should the Mavs focus on getting in the second round?
However, Blue is a playmaker, and even though his jumper is a bit unconventional, it is still highly effective. He can create for himself off the dribble and hit the jumper, or get to the rim. Defensively, Blue's quickness and athleticism should make him a good NBA defender.
The Mavericks took a chance last year in the middle of the second round on a Marquette player who was undervalued, and they may be smart to do the same this year with Vander Blue.
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