Who should Dallas draft in the 2018 NBA Draft?

Who should Dallas pick in the 2018 NBA Draft?

The Dallas Mavericks are currently 22-50 with only 10 games left. With this record, Dallas has the 5th pick in this year's draft. With March Madness happening at the moment and my bracket already busted, I thought it would be a good time to look at who the Mavs could be adding to their roster next season. After looking at many mock drafts and looking at what Dallas might need to get to the playoffs I have come up with 3 great prospects Dallas should think of drafting.

#1 Mohammed Bamba (C/PF)

Mohammed Bamba stands at a stunning 7’0 feet tall and moves like a guard. My personal favorite choice for the Dallas Mavs, I think a big man like this is exactly what we need in the near future post-Dirk era. Bamba has been compared to bigs such as Porzingis, Anthony Davis, and Karl Anthony-Towns. Also, Bamba has a 7’9″ wingspan that puts him in an elite class when it comes to deflecting passes and blocking shots. Mo Bamba and the Longhorns, unfortunately, crashed out of the NCAA Championship in the first round but I don't really think this will damage Mo Bamba's reputation too much. In college, Bamba averaged 12PTS, 3.7BLK, and 10.5REB a night while shooting 54% from the field. Some of his best games were his 8 blocks against Kansas and his 25 points and 15 boards against the Ole Miss Rebels. These games are truly impressive for a 19-year-old. He Dallas can somehow pick Bamba at 5th, we are in for a treat Mavs fans!

#2 Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF)

There has been a hype around Jaren Jackson Jr. for a long time now. Jaren Jackson Jr. has been a dominant big man for a long time. In high school, he won two IHSAA state basketball championships while at Park Tudor. He averaged 10PTS, 6REB, and 3 blocks a game! Jackson then declared for Michigan State College where he has averaged 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks a night while shooting 52% from the field. This type of defensive player is exactly what Dallas need for their defense. Jackson stands at  6’10 with a 7'4 wingspan and a 9’1 standing reach! This is truly impressive for someone who runs the ball so well. He has a decent three-point shot shooting 39% in college which is actually pretty good for a big man. I think some of his weaknesses, is the low arc on his shot which does hurt him on mid-ranges and his post-game needs some work. Overall, I would love if Dallas picked Jackson in this year's draft, even though in the NCAA Championship Jackson did not play his best basketball I think he could be an NBA star! Jackson's big frame and great hands slightly remind me of one of my favorite players Dikembe Mutombo, while Jackon has a better shot than Mutombo ever did. Mutombo had a much better post play and defensive style, so at the moment Jackson is nowhere near the dominant force of Mt. Mutombo! But one day Jackson might have that dominant play style. Hopefully, it is in a Mavs jersey!

#3 Mavin Bagley III

I wasn't sure if I should add Bagley to this list, some people have Bagley being picked as late is 7th while other people have him being picked at 3rd so I thought I would place him at the 5th pick in the NBA draft. At 6'11 with multi-dimensional skills and blessed elite athletic ability, Bagley impacts the game on both ends of the floor. His soft shooting touch, scoring instincts, and ball-handling ability make him unique at his size. While at Duke this season, Mavin Bagley III has averaged 21.2PTS, 11.3REB and has shot 61% from the floor. These stats are very impressive! Duke is still in the NCAA Championship so Bagley could be cutting down the nets at the end of March in San Antonio. Unforutley if Duke does win, I feel Bagley will be picked higher than 5th because of his new NCAA championship. Bagley has also shot 38% from three which is definitely a sign of a stretch-big to fit in today's NBA. If Dallas could land Mavin Bagley in the draft it would be absolutely awesome, I am only worried about him getting picked before Dallas can get him.

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