Mavericks Big Board (Top 10)
Mavericks should be looking PG first in the 2017 draft.
- Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
Consensus #1 player. Everyone knows about him by now. Terrific offensive player who could be a franchise player. Needs to improve his free throw shooting and defense in order to live up to his expectations.
2. Josh Jackson, SG/SF, Kansas
With great physical traits and elite athleticism, Jackson could be a Mavericks target even though he doesn’t fit their main need which is PG. A solid playmaker who can excel at the defensive end. Just needs to add finishing touches on his jump shot.
3. De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
Elite athletic PG who can beat his man off the dribble fairly easily. Great at finishing and also a solid mid-range shooter. He checks every box besides three point shooting but he has decent shooting form so he could develop into a 35% 3P shooter. Played very well against Lonzo Ball, effectively shooting up every team’s draft board.
4. Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
The prospect who receives the most hype, or is the most talked about. A jumbo-sized PG who can facilitate and shoot the three at a very high level. Concerns over his father’s effect on him as well as whether or not his unorthodox shooting form will work in the NBA.
5. Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
A prospect with tons of potential. Excellent isolation scorer who can score in multiple ways. Good size and length for the NBA and should develop into a consistent two-way star. Needs to work on expanding his range though.
6. Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
Elite athlete who can create his own shot very well. Can make plays from others as well. Concerns over his attitude and if he can learn to blend his shot creating and playmaking. Didn’t show any negative signs coming off his ACL injury in terms of loss of explosiveness.
7. Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Florida State
Elite height and length for a SF. Like Tatum, he has tons of upside. Needs to make his jump shot more consistent as well as add weight to his very thin frame. If he can add weight he could be a very versatile forward and play the PF in small-ball situational lineups but that is a big if.
8. Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
Elite scorer who can score in just about every possible way. Excellent at creating his own shot. A tremendous athlete who can finish well. A bit undersized for the NBA SG but he makes up for it with his athleticism.
9. Zach Collins, PF/C, Gonzaga
A great offensive big man who can hit mid-range shots. Moves very well for a player of his size. Didn’t get too many minutes his freshman year at Gonzaga but he was a very efficient scorer.
10. Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
A mystery prospect. Has good height and length but that does not necessarily mean he can transform into a NBA star. Definitely a project and very unproven. Would be a very high risk but the Mavericks do need youth in their backcourt.