Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Draft talk: Assessing No. 34 picks
By Bryan Gutierrez
As the NBA Draft approaches on June 26, ESPN Dallas examines the draft through the Dallas Mavericks' perspective this week.
With the No. 34 pick in this month's NBA draft, Dallas will have one of the earlier picks in the second round. The Mavs acquired the pick from the Boston Celtics last summer in the first of two trades Dallas made, moving down in the draft before eventually selecting Shane Larkin. The Celtics selected Kelly Olynyk with Dallas’ original pick. There’s the potential to find a diamond in the rough at No. 34, but it will require a little bit of luck.
Cleveland selected Jae Crowder with the 34th pick in 2012 before trading him to the Mavericks.
As an aside, Nick Fazekas was pick No. 34 by the Mavs in the 2007 draft.
It’s appropriate to offer a look back at the five most recent players selected 34th overall. It should also be noted that every draft class is different, especially in the early portion of the second round, and the players below don’t necessarily reflect the kind of player Dallas will select in the draft.
Note: A True Shooting Percentage is a shooting percentage that is adjusted to include the value of three pointers and free throws. The intention is show a more accurate calculation of a player’s shooting percentage rather than field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage taken individually.
2009 Player: Sergio Llull
Team:Denver Nuggets (trade to Houston Rockets)
Rookie stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA
Career stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA
Notes: Llull was a project pick that was stashed overseas and has yet to come to the NBA. Of note, DeJuan Blair was selected No. 37, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was selected No. 42.
2010 Player: Armon Johnson
Team:Portland Trail Blazers Rookie stats: 2.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 49.7 True Shooting Percentage in 7.3 minutes per game
Career stats: 3.3 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 50.2 True Shooting Percentage in 8.5 minutes per game
Notes: Johnson was released from the Trail Blazers in Feb. of 2010. He signed a 10-day deal with the then New Jersey Nets later that season. He was a preseason invitee of the Orlando Magic and was subsequently cut prior to the season beginning. He is out of the league. Of note, Toronto Raptors swingman Landry Fields was selected No. 39, Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson was selected No. 40.
2011 Player:Shelvin Mack Team:Washington Wizards Rookie stats: 3.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 46.8 True Shooting Percentage in 12.2 minutes per game
Career stats: 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 50.2 True Shooting Percentage in 16.0 minutes per game
Notes: Mack has played on three different teams in three different seasons. He joined the Atlanta Hawks via a 10-day contract near the end of the 2012-13 season. He played in a total of 44 games for the Hawks in the 2013-14 season, including two starts. Of note, Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons was selected No. 38.
2012 Player:Jae Crowder Team:Cleveland Cavaliers (traded to Dallas Mavericks)
Rookie stats: 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 49.1 True Shooting Percentage in 17.3 minutes per game
Career stats: 4.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 51.8 True Shooting Percentage in 16.7 minutes per game
Notes: Crowder was able to break through and earn a spot in the Dallas rotation in his rookie season. He earned that by stepping up in his team’s time of need. Without Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, Crowder had to play a bulk of the forward minutes for the team early in the season. As the rotation strengthened in his second season, he was assigned to the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Mavericks. Of note, Quincy Acy was selected No. 37, and Mike Scott was selected No. 43.
2013 Player: Isaiah Canann
Team: Houston Rockets
Rookie stats: 4.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, 50.6 True Shooting Percentage in 11.5 minutes per game
Notes: Canann spent most of his rookie year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the D-League affiliate of the Rockets. He was named to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, but was unable to participate due to injury. He set his career-high for points in his rookie season by scoring 15 points against the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers in April.