The Top 5 Best and Worst Dallas Mavericks Draft Picks Since 2000

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The Top 5 Best and Worst Dallas Mavericks Draft Picks Since 2000
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Since taking Jason Kidd back in 1994, the Dallas Mavericks haven't exactly been a draft powerhouse. 

Many of the teams' recent first-round picks have been traded—either before or after the selection. That's left the modern Mavs as we know them to build primarily through free agency or trade. There's a reason for that, too.

As the organization attempted to surround Dirk Nowitzki with talent, it prioritized the acquisition of known commodities who can help the team win now. For a club that's virtually always a part of the playoff pictures, that kind of strategy makes some sense.

It just means there hasn't been a whole lot of in-house talent to develop, which probably isn't entirely ideal.

Kidd, of course, was the third consecutive first-round pick who made an important impact for the Mavericks. The team also selected Jim Jackson in 1992 and Jamal Mashburn a year later, both of whom went on to have outstanding careers.

There hasn't been the same kind of success rate since 2000, though. And a couple of Dallas' very best picks never played in a Mavericks uniform.

Here's a look at the best and worst of Dallas' recent draft selections.

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