Scoop: Mavs Ranks Of The PGs In NBA Draft
It is early in the process, of course. But the Dallas Mavericks are not going to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000 ... so they do have ample time on their hands to start putting together their board for the June NBA Draft.
And DallasBasketball.com has learned they have done just that when it comes to point guards.
How the Mavs rank the top three guys who figure to be available in the draft? Well, we can take Marcus Smart off this year's list, as he's opted to remain in school. We'll keep the scouting report filed away, though ...
1. Marcus Smart.
The DFW native is staying at Oklahoma State. Maybe he wants to make up for that last game in his season, when the Cowboys were upset in the tournament by the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks. Smart coughed up a turnover-plagued game there, something not usually part of the offerings of the 19-year-old who might've ended up being the No. 1 pick in the entire draft.
The Mavs figure to draft in the range of No. 13, so there was going to be no shot at Smart, the 6-4 point guard who plays with a widsom well beyond his age. But they are obliged to rank him, and his build and his basketball brain -- both reminiscent to some of Jason Kidd -- has him ranked as their top guy at the position.
Maybe next year.
Will his performance in March hurt his future stock? Not in the eyes of the Mavs. Is he a "combo'' guard,'' as some think? That's not the Mavs' present view, either. He needs to work on his jumper, but otherwise he's a pass-first, great-vision, instinctive do-it-all point -- again, shades of Kidd here.
One more mitigating factor from the tournament: Smart may have been playing with a hand injury that impacted his subpar performance.
Again, file all of this away for 2014.
2. Michael Carter-Williams.
It's a weird phemomenon: The deeper Syracuse charged into the tournament, the more people saw the 6-6 Carter-Williams, the more people starting picking apart his game.
He is a first-rate passer and plays with the maturity of the 22-year-old that he is. He's got the BBIQ part down, complete with great handles for someone of his size. Defensively, his length allows him to clog up passing lanes and he has a knack for triggering breaks off steals along with, of course, centering the break.
Because he's already 22, though ... is he going to bulk up from 185 points? Can he develop a 3-point game? And then there is the issue of being a Syracuse product. So often, their guys do not translate to the NBA, for whatever reason. I've been assured on numerous occasions by people in the Mavs personnel department that they aren't deterred in their evaluations of Syracuse players by that history. So Carter-Williams as a candidate in the Mavs-at-13 range seems a fit.
3. Trey Burke
The Michigan star, who showcased himself with a terrific run to the NCAA Finals, is the most spectacular of the top three point guards. He plays with a big heart ... but with a small frame that is causing justifiable concerns.
One of the reasons for Dallas' struggles at the point this year: Both Darren Collison (6-1) and Mike James (6-0) do a poor job of making the simple entry pass. Their lack of size minimizes angles for them. And Burke -- despite his well-deserved rep as a "warrior''-type player -- might have some of the same issues as a point guard.
He's clutch. He's a leader. He doesn't take games off. He's fearless almost to the point where he takes bad shots. And in fairness, even with his scoring, his assist/turnover ratio (6.8 to 2.2) is good.
He scores like a 2 but lacks the size to play there. He may not have the waterbug quickness to excel in some traditional little-man ways. And he's just 6-0.
One of the positive things that will be said about Smart is, "You can't coach 'big' (meaning his well-built 6-4 frame.) One of the positive things that will be said about Carter-Williams is, "You can't coach 'tall.' (As he is skinny but 6-6.) Those are two attributes that cause Burke to be ranked behind Smart and Carter-Williams on the Dallas board.
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