Let's be honest: For the handful of teams that consider themselves contenders, the draft ain't no thang.
Teams like the Lakers, Cavaliers, Celtics, Spurs, and Magic, while they tend to draft smart, aren't exactly pinning their fortunes on the 2010 draft. The Mavericks can count themselves among those groups.
Rodrigue Beaubois and Josh Howard were nice surprises, but others like Shan Foster and Maurice Ager haven't really panned out.
The Mavericks enter the 2010 draft with only the 50th pick. Their first rounder is headed to New Jersey, the last piece of the Devin Harris-Jason Kidd trade puzzle.
There are plenty of rumors swirling about the Mavericks trying to move into the mid-first round, which would be dandy, but right now, we're going to examine who the Mavs can take with the 50th pick.
Let's start with what the Mavs don't need: a power forward and a point guard. They not only have hall-of-famers in those positions, but there's a bit of a logjam in those spots as well.
They also don't need any undersized guards. Jason Terry takes that cake right now for the Mavs.
What do they need? The same thing they've needed for most of the decade, a shooting guard and a center.
Even if Rodrigue Beaubois takes over some shooting guard load, and assuming Caron Butler stays with the Mavs, the Mavs don't even really need someone to be an instant contributor. Just someone who can make some three-pointers, drive to the hoop and make their foul shots.
The center position is even more nebulous. Dampier will most likely be traded, though he could come back once he's bought out. Haywood is up in the air, and I go back and forth on whether the Mavs should sign him or not like a teenage girl picking out nail polish (I went with the Candy Apple Red, by the way).
Centers in the draft are famous for burning teams. Darko Milicic and Hasheem Thabeet are just the lastest who seem to barely be worth the price of their jersey. But it's oh so hard to turn down a talented big man.
So let's take a look at who the Mavs might be targeting.