With the 50th pick in this summer's draft, the Mavericks should draft a player who will be able to contribute off the bench much sooner than later.
That player should be local boy Dexter Pittman, a behemoth of a man at a shade under 7'0" and 300-plus pounds. Pittman, who hails from the Houston area and played ball in Austin at UT, has a 7'6" wingspan and the largest hands of any prospect. And he's athletic!
As a senior at Texas last season, Pittman averaged 10.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 19 minutes of action per game. Against North Carolina and its star big man Ed Davis, Pittman put up 23 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks in 26 minutes.
I understand we can only expect so much from a player chosen 50th in the draft. However, let's not forget the impact size can make, as well as the reality that many late second-round picks have gone on to have successful NBA careers.
Players who were drafted between the 45th and 55th picks since 2000 include: Loren Woods, Matt Barnes, Paul Millsap, Leon Powe, Marc Gasol, Goran Dragic, Andray Blatche, Luis Scola, Lou Williams, Mo Williams, Rasual Butler, Kyle Korver, Darius Songaila, and many other quality contributors.