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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Beauty of Mavs drafts in eye of beholder

By Jeff Caplan

OK, with the risk of NBA fines for tampering at an all-time high, let's step away from the LeBron James hysteria and take a look at the NBA's next big event: the draft.

The Dallas Mavericks aren't exactly big players this year (again) thanks to the New Jersey Nets possessing their 27th pick thanks to the 2008 trade for Jason Kidd.

That's not to say the Mavs can't make a move, sprinkle a few million on a team with a pick in the 20-somethings and get in there if they feel there's a player to be had that could provide immediate help. Five teams hold multiple picks in the first round. They are: Minnesota (4, 16 and 23), Oklahoma City (21, 26), Memphis (12, 28), Washington (1, 30) and, of course, New Jersey (3, 27).

If the Mavs stand still, it will be a long night on June 24 before they finally make a selection with the 50th overall pick. That wouldn't seem to net a player with immediate help potential. A look at past Mavs drafts will tell you that.

Take a look at the Mavs' draft over the past 20 years and count up the number of players who actually made even limited contributions to the club. You might then want to get that LeBron chatter going again:

2009
Rnd Name College/HS/Country
1 B.J. Mullens, Ohio State (traded to OKC for Rodrigue Beaubois)
2 Ahmad Nivins, St. Joseph's

2008
2 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt

2007
2 Nick Fazekas, Nevada
2 Renaidas Seibutis, Lithuania
2 Milovan Rakovic, Serbia

2006
1 Maurice Ager, Michigan State
2 J.R. Pinnock, George Washington

2005
No selections

2004
1 Devin Harris (picked by Washington, traded to Dallas)
1 Pavel Podkolzin (picked by Utah, traded to Dallas)
2 Vassilis Spanoulis, Greece

2003
1 Josh Howard, Wake Forest
2 Xue Yuyang, China

2002
2 Mladen Sekularac, Yugoslavia

2001
2 Kyle Hill, Eastern Illinois
2 Kenny Satterfield, Cincinnati

2000
1 Etan Thomas, Syracuse
1 Courtney Alexander, Fresno State
1 Donnell Harvey, Florida
2 Eduardo Najera, Oklahoma

1999
1 Leon Smith, Martin Luther King (IL) HS
2 Wang ZhiZhi, China
2 Gordan Giricek, Croatia

1998
1 Robert Traylor, Michigan (Traded to Milwaukee for Dirk Nowitzki)
2 Ansu Sesay, Mississippi
2 Bruno Sundov, Croatia
2 Greg Buckner, Clemson

1997
1 Kelvin Cato, Iowa State
2 Bubba Wells, Austin Peay

1996
1 Samaki Walker, Louisville
2 Shawn Harvey, West Virginia State
2 Darnell Robinson, Arkansas

1995
1 Cherokee Parks, Duke
1 Loren Meyer, Iowa State

1994
1 Jason Kidd, California
1 Tony Dumas, Missouri-Kansas City
2 Deon Thomas, Illinois

1993
1 Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky
2 Lucious Harris, Long Beach State
2 Eric Riley, Michigan

1992
1 Jimmy Jackson, Ohio State
2 Sean Rooks, Arizona

1991
1 Doug Smith, Missouri
2 Donald Hodge, Temple
2 Mike Iuzzolino, St. Francis (PA)

1990
2 Phil Henderson Duke