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14 Days of Mocking: #5 Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavs are slowly but surely going to be able to get back into playoff contention within the next two-three years. They had a good draft last year, as they picked up the athletic guard, Dennis Smith Jr. Dallas is nearing the departure of their all-time leading scorer, stretch big Dirk Nowitzki. As they will possibly be seeking a replacement for Dirk, they could get a player who mimics his play style very much and shows flashes of being a better defender than Dirk has ever been.

With the 5thpick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks select…

Jaren Jackson Jr. Jackson shows flashes of being an all-star star stretch big. However, he is very raw. He can grow into a very talented big man but do not be surprised if he does not live up to his hype. I am already not a huge fan of Jackson, but I see why people like him. He can shoot decently and block shots. I get that that is a big deal, but why would it put him in the top 3? I would not be surprised if Jackson fell to the Mavs that they select him in a heartbeat. As he is a dream fit. They have been in need of an athletic big man, who can guard multiple positions, for a while now. And what time is better to get one as your best scorer and the big man will likely retire. Jackson also showed flashes of his athleticism. If he puts on weight and stays athletic, he can be very deadly with Dennis Smith Jr. in a high pick and roll, as he will also be able to run a pick and fade.

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