2018 NBA Draft Preview: DeAndre Ayton

The most highly touted prospect in this upcoming is Arizona C DeAndre Ayton.  Ayton has received comparisons from David Robinson to Karl Anthony-Towns.  Ayton is a monster in the paint and led Arizona to a Pac-12 Title this season.  Arizona was surprisingly upset in the 1st round by Buffalo, but that should not do anything to Ayton’s stock.

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2018 NBA Draft Preview: Luka Doncic

One of the most intriguing prospects in this years draft is without question, Luka Doncic. Doncic is the most polished European prospect many scouts claim they have ever seen.  He absolutely has the potential to become a franchise player in this league, but with all players (especially players who didn’t play in college) there is a good amount of risk.

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2018 NBA Draft Preview: Marvin Bagley III

The Mavericks have had an extremely rough start to the year as they sit at 19-42 through 61 games.  Not all hope is lost as players such as Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes have put up decent numbers, but it is obvious that the Mavs will not be competing for a championship anytime soon.

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Dennis Smith Jr. profile

This year with the #9 pick in the 2017 draft the Mavericks decided to go with Dennis Smith Jr., an athletic PG from North Carolina State. This is the highest pick that the Mavericks have ended up with since they drafted Dirk Nowitzki in the 1998 draft in a pick they got through a draft night trade.

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The youth movement

In the past few seasons it has been painfully obvious that the Dallas Mavericks needed to start thinking about the future. With Dirk reaching the crisp age of 38 this past summer he should not be leading the team in scoring as he always has in the past. But with Dallas’ long and painful relationship with the Draft being well documented, a real youth movement had yet to begin until arguably last season.

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Optimism via Harrison Barnes

The first seven games of the 2016-2017 season are in the books and the Dallas Mavericks are in a very unfamiliar situation as they sit at a mere 2-5. It’a hard to believe that with all the terrible teams the Mavericks threw out on the court in the late 80s and early 90s (pre-Dirk) that this season is the first time in franchise history that the team started a season at 0-5. The Mavs may be in exotic territory with their recent start but the play from Harrison Barnes is reason enough for Mavs fans abroad to remain optimistic.

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