The Mavs are 26-33, and now seven wins behind Houston for eighth. No playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Two words. Draft. Party. The NBA draft lottery is May 21. The draft itself is June 27.
The Mavs will have a lottery selection - exactly where that spot is merely a guess. The last time they picked high was 1998, when they used the sixth pick on University of Michigan forward Robert "Tractor" Traylor. You may recall the team sent his rights to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Pat Garrity, and some stiff named Dirk Nowitzki.
If the draft selections are based purely on record, meaning no team with an blah record slips into the top 3, the order will look like:
6. New Olreans
10. Oklahoma City (trade)
12. DALLAS MAVERICKS
Picking No. 12 isn't exactly great. You are a lottery team in name only.
This story will be fluid, but right now the Mavericks appear to be the area to draft guys such as Duke forward Mason Plumlee, Indiana forward Cody Zeller, Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk and a bunch of other tall, white guys who won't have NBA game.
No player the Mavs draft at 12 is going to make much of an immediate impact; all of these guys are three-year projects, at least.
Given how this season has gone for your Mavs, it's not much ... but this is what happens when you don't make the playoffs.
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