Countdown to the Draft, Part Three

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 28: Quincy Miller #30 of the Baylor Bears has what can only be described as a "brain explosion" after hearing that Mike Tyson has a one-man show coming to Broadway. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Sick of draft news yet? Too mad about last night's Finals game to care?

As we continue to plow through the rumor gauntlet these final ten days before the NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks remain perhaps surprisingly mum on who their pick might be, instead quietly going about their business in a workmanlike manner. We must remember that past history has shown the organization tends to see the draft as an asset for facilitating trades more often than a tool to directly upgrade their roster. In the uncertainty surrounding the impending fee agent bonanza and the larger landscape of the new CBA reshaping the financial landscape of the sport itself, will the Mavs' approach(or, perceived approach, anyway) toward the draft change?

That question sticks in the back of my mind, amid the dreaming-on of prospects as they continue to enter the American Airlines Center for workouts and evaluations. It is fun to imagine what might be, but it may be critical to my coping process to prepare for a more pragmatic result.

  • Jeff Caplan has a story up at ESPN Dallas mentioning the Mavs' more guarded approach to workouts.
  • Caplan also begins a series counting down(a draft-related "countdown"; that's so stupid) possible Mavs selections, focusing on Terrence Jones of Kentucky.
  • Baylor freshman Quincy Miller tweets that he had a "good workout" for the Mavs today. More on Miller below.
  • Illinois center Meyers Leonard seems to be next in line for a workout in Dallas. Readers might recall from the previous installment the note from Mike Fisher about Dallas being underwhelmed by this center class; maybe a one on one session can change their mind.
  • Some less well-known prospects apparently being brought in to workout for Dallas include Syracuse's Scoop Jardine, Fairfield's Rakim Sanders, and Liberty's Jesse Sanders. Most likely these are players Dallas would look to target with the 55th pick, or in a trade involving a 2nd round pick.
  • John Hollinger released his draft rater today, which unfortunately can only be viewed by ESPN insider subscribers. This is usually a great read and I plan on expounding on the success rate of his system in a future post. One thing to keep in mind when looking at the rater is that it tends to focus on production, and can neither reward nor penalize prospects for intangibles and upside. High on the list are, predictably, stat-stuffers with defensive limitations like Jared Sullinger, Royce White and Draymond Green. Some surprises, however, include Quincy Miller, Tony Wroten, and Marquis Teague. Miller is an interesting guy, and it is good to know he is apparently on the Mavs' radar.
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