It's finally time for the Dallas Mavericks to blend a little youth into the roster.
There's no better way for an aging team to get an adrenaline shot than by drafting some young studs in June. And given that of the top seven players in minutes played only Monta Ellis is younger than thirty, a young prospect sounds like just what the doctor ordered.
But of course with a veteran-laden team, there isn't a lot of playing time to go around. So whoever comes in is going to have their hands full.
Then there's the whole thing where finding a young stud is pretty difficult when Dallas is picking at No. 34 and No. 51 overall in the draft—not exactly where impact players grow on trees.
Although, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News said that Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson likes that 34th overall pick. Nelson said there's a group of players in the 25-to-late-30s range that is essentially a wash. Meaning the Mavericks might get lucky and snag a guy they regard as a mid-twenties pick at 34.
And with that optimism in mind and a prescription for youthful exuberance, athleticism and some defensive chops, so the targeting begins.
All combine statistics come from draft express.com