2022 NBA Draft Profile


Dallas Mavericks

2022 Draft Picks:

2021-22 Season: 52-302nd place, Southwest DivisionLost to Warriors in West finals
26Wendell Moore Jr.FDukeUnited States
Acquired Jaden Hardy (No. 37) from SAC
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Acquired Christian Wood from HOU for Wendell Moore (No. 26), Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and Boban Marjanovic

Pre-Draft Outlook

Dallas built a uniquely structured roster around franchise superstar Luka Doncic, and the results have been outstanding throughout the postseason. From the addition of Reggie Bullock last summer to the in-season trades for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, the Mavericks continue to find near-perfect complements to Doncic that should make this squad a contender for years to come. That’s not to say the Mavs don’t need more. While the team stymied opponents throughout the playoffs with its five-out lineups, Dallas could use more talent in the frontcourt despite Dwight Powell coming off one of the best seasons of his career.

A Stat That Matters

38.9% Luka Doncic has accounted for two of the three highest postseason usage rates in the 26 years for which we have play-by-play data, 39.1% in 2021 and 38.9% in 2022. Those marks have only been topped by Russell Westbrook’s usage rate of 45.2% in 2017.

The Way To Go

Headed into last year’s Draft, the Mavericks needed a three-and-D contributor and added one in free agency with Bullock. He’s a smothering defender who has likely surpassed the club’s expectations. Dallas can take the next step in its ascension by bolstering the frontcourt. Two seasons removed from a ruptured right Achilles in 2020, Powell put together a strong 2021-22 campaign. But just think about how much deadlier the Mavericks can be with a rim-protecting, rim-running big. Arizona’s Christian Koloko could fill that role if he improves his strength. But 26 might be too high of a spot to take the Cameroonian big.

Under Contract  

G: Spencer Dinwiddie
G: Josh Green
G: Frank Ntilikina
G/F: Sterling Brown
G/F: Reggie Bullock
G/F: Tim Hardaway Jr.
F/G: Luka Doncic
F: Davis Bertans
F: Marquese Chriss
F: Dorian Finney-Smith
F: Maxi Kleber
F/C: Dwight Powell
C: Boban Marjanovic

Free Agents  

G: Jalen Brunson (unrestricted)
G: Trey Burke (player option)
G/F: Theo Pinson (restricted)
F: Moses Wright (restricted)
2022 Free Agent Tracker

Last Year’s Draft 

2021: None

— Michael C. Wright