No. 50 a gamble? Sure, but put chips in
They don't happen often. And that's not to say that the Dallas Mavericks, who won't pick until No. 50 in the June 24 NBA draft, can't find the next Manu.
This is a deep draft that will produce recognizable names from the college ranks late in the second round.
"You're going to find some gems in the second round, deep in the second round," NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake said.
Would the Mavs be thrilled if Notre Dame's Luke Harangody fell in their lap? Or UTEP's Derrick Caracter? Other big men that could be left on the board include Duke's Brian Zoubek, Louisville's Samardo Samuels and Clemson's Trevor Booker.
The Mavs begin bringing in draft prospects today, a process that will continue into next week leading into the draft. Workouts will help vice president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and staff put their board in order.
Two under 6-foot guards who will be in for workouts are California's Jerome Randle and South Carolina's Devan Downey. The Mavs could be looking for another backup point guard if J.J. Barea is used in a trade.
But, what if Kansas' Sherron Collins is available? Or Alabama's Mikhail Torrance or Mississippi's Terrico White?
Will some prospects be gone well before No. 50? Absolutely. Could some fall beyond No. 50. Absolutely.
"This is one of the deepest [drafts] and it's going to be a strange kind of draft because ... it's kind of this is a beauty-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder-cliché daft," Blake said. "Really, that's the way it's going to be."
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