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Potential wings the Mavericks could target with a trade into the draft

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Even though the Mavericks don’t have a pick, it doesn’t mean they can’t acquire one

2021 NBA Draft Combine Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks do not have a first round pick but they can obtain one. There is precedent for teams acquiring late first or early second round picks with minimal assets.

The Mavericks do not have the assets to trade for any high picks so this series will not feature Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, etc. Potential big man targets have been discussed here.

If the Mavericks do acquire a pick, this is a list of potential wing targets.

Joe Wieskamp

Wieskamp is a sharp shooter. He shot 46.2 percent on 5.1 3-point attempts per game this year. His free throw shooting lagged behind as he shot 67.7 percent from the line but he shot 85.6 percent from the line last year and 77.1 percent over his career including the downturn this year.

Defensively, he is quick enough to guard on the perimeter though he may lack the ability to switch since he can be over powered by big men despite his 6-foot-11 wingspan. He is a competitor who should be able to thrive next to a shot creator like Luka Doncic. He is not expected to be picked in the first round, though his skill set could lead to a good team valuing him higher than the consensus and taking him toward the end of the first round.

Quentin Grimes

Grimes will be a good NBA player. He shot 40.3 percent on 8.3 3-point attempts per game this year and 78.8 percent on free throw attempts. This was a new level of shooting as he had not shot above 34.0 percent from the 3-point line or 66.0 percent from the free throw line prior to this season. That type of one year improvement can be a mirage but given Grimes work ethic I would bet on his improvement continuing.

Grimes has the same kind of work ethic and hustle that Nate Hinton has. Grimes is more talented though. He is more athletic and more fluid. Where he will be drafted is an open question with him being mocked from the end of the first round to the middle of the second round. He will be drafted low enough that he could be acquired if the Mavericks make him a priority.

JT Thor

Thor is a fantastic defender but I question if his offense would allow him to play. The Mavericks drafted an athletic defensive wing last year in Josh Green. Because of how raw Green’s offense was, he could not get on the floor much. Thor’s offense is more raw than Green’s was. He does not have the natural playmaking feel that Green does.

This pick would be an upside play as Thor would be a fantastic asset if he can learn to shoot. However, he could also be the next in a long line of the “3 and D” wings who doesn’t actually have the “3”. Historically when those types of players don’t develop a jumper, they can’t play enough for their defense to matter as you cannot defend from the bench. He shot 29.7 percent on 2.7 3 point attempts per game. I do not believe in the shot and would prefer the Mavericks to pass.

Brandon Boston

Boston struggled this year as he only shot 35.5 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from the 3-point line. He was the number 4 recruit in the country the previous season. He is 6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan. He is similar to Cam Reddish in that he was a highly regarded recruit who struggled mightily in his lone season in college under tough circumstances.

If he can be had for an early second round pick, the Mavericks should absolutely take a chance on him. They do not have players with his talent level, though he would likely take longer to develop that someone like Wieskamp or Grimes. He has solid defensive tools though like his offense, his defense is raw.