Mavs get Austin Rivers in experts mock

June, 27, 2012
6/27/12
10:28
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ESPN's NBA experts conducted a first-round mock draft with Insiders Chris Ford, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, Doug Gottlieb and David Thorpe taking turns making the selections.

Ford was up at No. 17 and took Duke shooting guard Austin Rivers for the Mavericks.

Here's Ford's comment:
The Mavs will be in rebuilding mode for the first time in a long time this offseason, and they'll need star power. Rivers has the mentality of an NBA scorer and has the crossover and jump shot to back it up. I worry about whom he'll guard at the next level, but at the No. 17 spot, I think he's a safe pick.

Read the full experts mock here (Insider).

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