The Dallas Mavericks should consider selecting a point guard with the 13th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. One player in particular that the Mavericks must hope is still available is Michael Carter-Williams. Even though he could end up being a work in progress at the next level, he has a tremendous amount of athleticism and potential to become a top-notch player.
Carter-Williams may not be the best point guard in the draft, but he will most likely be the best who actually falls to Dallas. The 6’6”, 185-pound guard has plenty of game on offense. His size will overwhelm opposing guards while his high basketball intelligence will allow him to make good decisions when handling the ball. By far the best part of his game is passing, an asset he demonstrated very well with Syracuse Orange last season.
Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 35.2 minutes per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the field in his sophomore season. His 292 total assists ranked third in the nation while his 111 steals was good for sixth.
With all of the talk about his offensive game, it is easy to forget that he is much better on defense than he is at scoring. He is not the quickest guard, but he will be able to use his intelligence to set up the perfect steal. In fact, it would not be hard to believe that Carter-Williams could lead the league in steals someday.
There is certainly plenty to work on in order for Carter-Williams to be considered a starting point guard. His jump shot and 3-point percentage are two areas in particular that must be improved in order to be effective in the NBA. With that being said, he has the natural ability to be an asset for Dallas in the near future.