DALLAS -- For some odd reason, the Dallas Mavericks haven't exactly done very well when it comes to drafting impact players.
The last player the Mavs drafted that turned in a significant impact in the NBA was Josh Howard, who was the 29th and final pick of the first round of the 2003 draft. Howard made the NBA all-rookie second team in a draft that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Carmelo Anthony, David West, Kirk Hinrich, Chris Kaman and Boris Diaw.
Howard went on to make the 2007 NBA All-Star team before the Mavs traded him to the Washington Wizards on Feb. 13, 2010.
Other than Howard, the last time the Mavs drafted a player who had an impact in the NBA was Jason Kidd, who was chosen No. 2 overall in the 1994 draft. Before that the Mavs' impact draftees includes Jamal Mashburn (No. 4 overall in 1993), Jim Jackson (No. 4 overall in 1992) and Roy Tarpley (No. 7 overall in 1986).
It must be noted that forward Dirk Nowitzki has spent his entire 14-year career with the Mavs. However, the Mavs officially didn't draft Nowitzki.
With the sixth pick of the 1998 draft, the Mavs selected Michigan forward Robert "Tractor'' Traylor. Nowitzki was drafted ninth overall in that draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
But in a pre-arranged deal, the Mavs traded Traylor to the Bucks for Nowitzki.
And in 2000, the Mavs traded the draft rights of center Dan Langhi to Houston for the draft rights of forward Eduardo Najera, who was a gritty rotation player during his four-year tenure with the Mavs.
This past Thursday, the Mavs drafted North Carolina center Tyler Zeller with the 17th pick. But they ended up trading guard Kelenna Azubuike and Zeller's draft rights to Cleveland for three picks that ended up being Oregon State shooting guard Jared Cunningham, Florida State power forward Bernard James and Marquette small forward Jae Crowder.
-- Dwain Price
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