Dallas Mavericks' Best Options in 2013 NBA Draft

Jeffrey Kahn@jkahn24Correspondent IIJune 4, 2013

Possible draft selection Ricardo Ledo goes up for a dunk in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic (Getty Images).
Possible draft selection Ricardo Ledo goes up for a dunk in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic (Getty Images).

After missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, the Dallas Mavericks have more time than usual to prepare for the 2013 NBA draft.

The Mavericks have the 13th (lottery) and 44th (second round) picks in hand and need to fill their roster. Plenty of players will be given a look come draft time. However, the possibility of a trade looms, as both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are available in free agency.

If the Mavericks decide to keep their picks in the 2013 NBA draft, here's some of their best options.

Point Guard - Dennis Schroeder

The Mavericks have not drafted a point guard in the first round since Jason Kidd in 1994 (Rodrigue Beaubois was last point guard traded to Mavericks in first round of 2009 draft.)

Dennis Schroeder, Germany, is the Mavericks' best option at point guard.

His speed, quickness, passing and ability to drive the lane makes his playing style comparable to Rajon Rondo. The upside on the 6'1" 19-year-old is through the roof, and the Boston Celtics are rumored to have given Schroeder a promise to select him with the 16th overall pick.

Why not give the Big German his very own wing man?

Thinking Michael Carter-Williams? Tough call, as scouts love him or hate him, according to Chad Ford of ESPN (h/t syracuse.com):

In a 2013 conference call with Syracuse.com's Mike Waters, Chad Ford says scouts like what Carter-Williams brings to the table. However, not all scouts agree.

"The other scouts may say his decision-making can be poor and his body language can be poor,'' Ford continued. "You have to remember he really, really struggled to hit open jump shots this year. And they feel like the whole point guard Michael Carter-Williams thing is a bit of a gimmick.''

Shooting Guard - Ricardo Ledo

O.J. Mayo's best option would be to return to Dallas with a new contract. The ageless Vince Carter has one year left remaining on his contract. Taking a chance on a second-round shooting guard would make the most sense with the 44th pick.

Enter Ricardo Ledo, Providence College.

Ledo is a high-flying, 6'7" shooting guard from Rhode Island. However, he sat out his only year in college because of an eligibility issue.

Ledo was a Rivals 5-star recruit and the sixth overall ranked player in the country coming out of high school in 2012.

The Mavericks question for Ledo isn't whether he can score or not (spoiler, he can), it's whether he drops far enough down because he sat out a year.

Watch Ledo take on John Wall at the 2012 Reebok Headquarters.

Small Forward - Livio Jean-Charles

The Mavericks could use an upgrade at the small forward position. Shawn Marion is getting older and Jae Crowder is still a work in progress.

But, the 2013 draft class isn't promising when it comes to the position.

The best small forward option would be Livio Jean-Charles, French Guiana, with the 44th pick.

Jean-Charles was the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit MVP. He stands 6'9" and weighs 217 pounds with a 7'2" wingspan. Jean-Charles is very strong with the basketball and has a knack for rebounding. This includes being very polished around the rim on offense and defense.

NBADraft.net, a website dedicated to the NBA draft, calls Jean-Charles "high energy" and has this to say about him: "He fits the role well of an energy role player, providing a spark with effort, defense and some scoring, without needing plays called for him."

To Mavericks fans, this draws comparison to Brandan Wright.

Power Forward - Erik Murphy

Dirk Nowitzki is not done by any means. Finding his replacement this draft would have to come in the form of a major gift.

Erik Murphy, University of Florida, has Nowitzki's range for a big man.

Standing at 6'10", Murphy shot 45.3 percent from behind the arc his senior year. With the ability to pick-and-pop, Murphy could come off the bench as a shooting specialist.

Center - Colton Iverson

The recent buzz around the center position in Dallas has been Dwight Howard. And make no mistake, the Mavericks will make their pitch. The Mavericks will need another center as Chris Kaman is not guaranteed to come back.

Colton Iverson, Colorado State, would be a fine addition to the squad.

Iverson stands seven feet and really played himself into the draft this past year. He was 0.2 rebounds from averaging a double-double and was an AP Honorable Mention All-American. 

Iverson is one of the draft's heaviest players at 263 pounds. His footwork and post ability make him a value pick in the second round.


The other previously mentioned draft option the Mavericks have is to make a trade. The Mavericks would have to trade their first round pick and Shawn Marion to make room for a max contract.

Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and other free agents are available to bring in, among some debate.

Expect a lot to go down in the war room on June 27th and whole lot of Mark Cuban come July.

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