The Dallas Mavericks are currently sitting at home watching a team they beat two years ago in the NBA Finals get a shot to make it to titles in a row. It is pretty incredible what two years can do to a franchise. From champions to owners of a lottery pick, the Mavericks have their eyes set on a playoff berth in 2014, but have quite a ways to go to get there.
It all starts with the 2013 NBA Draft, and owner Mark Cuban is looking to make it a success with a little luck. One of the names that has circulated around the Mavericks and their 13th overall pick is Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Last season Carter-Williams led his team to a Final Four appearance and was featured as one of the more unique players in the tournament. He has a tremendous ceiling as an NBA point guard and at 6’5” he features a daunting frame at his position.
With an ability to find his teammates and get them involved in only a way the best point guards do, Carter-Williams led the team with 7.3 assists per game in the 2012-2013 season. He has phenomenal court vision and seems to be able to change speeds better than most at his level, giving him an edge in commanding the offense.
The fact that he is not as prolific of a scorer as some scouts would like is one of the primary reasons he is not considered to go in the top 10. But, with a little more work on his jump shot he can be as complete a point guard there is. What he lacks in scoring he makes up in taking the ball away from the opposition, averaging close to three steals per game last year.
The Mavericks haven’t gotten great point guard play out of Darren Collison or Rodrigue Beaubois, and Carter-Williams could certainly get an opportunity to take over the starting spot in Dallas. Cuban and company may be targeting him at the top of their list, hoping to see him fall to number 13. If he is available, I fully expect them to act on it and grab him quickly.