"It was me. Donnie [Nelson] was like, 'OK, I'm putting my you-know-whats on the table.' He was doing the Sam Cassell, Nick Van Exel dance. ... It's all in. And I'm like, 'Donnie, we have this plan.' Because even as good as the Greek Freak has turned out to be, he was still three years away, and we wanted to try to get somebody who could help get us to the top right there and then. Didn't turn out that way, it is what it is, that happens."
Antetokounmpo wound up going two picks later to the Milwaukee Bucks. His production has steadily increased in each of his four NBA seasons, including setting career highs last season with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and a 52.1 field-goal percentage in 80 games.
The Mavericks finished last season with a 33-49 record, their worst mark since 1998-99. According to the NBA Roster Survey (via Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders), they started the 2016-17 season with the NBA's fourth-oldest roster at an average age of 28.36 years.