There’s always a fleeting moment of hope, but ultimately, the draft lottery played out the most likely way for the Mavericks.
Going into tonight, the Mavericks had a 26.3 percent chance at a top four pick and a 6.0 percent chance at the number one pick, which would have meant — of course — Zion Williamson.
Instead, the Mavericks will select tenth, and as a result, will convey that pick to the Atlanta Hawks.
As most of you will remember, during the 2018 draft, the Mavericks executed a brilliant draft night deal, sending their 2018 first round draft pick and 2019 first round draft pick (top 5 protected) to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the 2018 third pick, which of course turned into Luka Doncic.
What this ultimately means for the Mavericks is...not much! Two first round picks is essentially the price the Mavericks had to pay for Luka Doncic, and hey, that trade for Kristaps Porzingis instantly vaults the Mavs back into legit free agency and playoffs contenders. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty content with that result, especially after watching Luka wildly surpass all our expectations this past season.
The Mavericks will still have a second round pick, and as we saw with Jalen Brunson, that pick can still have value. But for now, we’ll start to look more towards free agency and the folks who might give Dallas a real look as they vault into hopeful contenders.