Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Draft doesn't end once picks do

History is a guide when assessing the Mavericks’ strategy going into Thursday’s NBA Draft. Whether or not they add extra picks to complement their second-round choice (No. 51), the approach is to bring in as much talent as possible.

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and his staff often do so without the benefit of an actual pick. With the Draft lasting only two rounds (60 picks) and the trend in the second round to select players that remain overseas for a year or more, a number of players with NBA potential are falling through the cracks.

That’s where the Mavs come in. In the last few years, they’ve signed a number of rookie free agents that made the regular-season roster. A sampling: Marquis Daniels (2003), Rawle Marshall (2005), Josh Powell (2005), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (2006) and JJ Barea (2006).

Read more at mavs.com and Draft Central 2008.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

The Mavs should be looking to trade J-Ho for Beasley if Chicago picks Rose.