But on draft night, Dallas has struggled mightily in recent years.
The Mavs have made a substantial amount of draft-day trades—including a deal that brought in the face of their franchise, and future Hall of Famer, Dirk Nowitzki—but have picked a whole lot of scrubs, too.
Here's an eye-opening take by NBC's Richie Witt:
By my math the Mavs haven’t made a “good” draft pick since taking Josh Howard at the end of the first round back in 2003. Since then – we’re talking 10 drafts – the Mavs have selected with their first overall pick only two players that have actually scored points (88 combined) for them: Maurice Ager in ’06 and Nick Fazekas in ’07. And, nope, neither is threatening to have their numbers raised to the roof at American Airlines Center.
In addition, Dallas sent Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, Samuel Dalembert and Wayne Ellington to New York in exchange for Tyson Chandler, who won a title with the Mavericks in 2010-11, and Raymond Felton.
Despite the Mavs' inactivity on draft night this year, the team can still benefit from a talented class of players who didn’t have the pleasure of hearing their names called.