Dallas Mavericks: Alabama Crimson Tide

Could Sherron Collins be on Mavs' board?

June, 16, 2010
6/16/10
11:41
AM CT
The Dallas Mavericks are giving quite a few point guards a workout this week in preparation for the NBA draft on June 24.

The Mavs, without a first-round pick, pick 50th overall.

Not expected to be given a personal workout is Kansas guard Sherron Collins, who had been projected as a late first-round pick earlier in his career, but is now viewed as a late second-round pick if he's picked at all.

The 5-foot-11, lightning-quick senior was the heart-and-soul of the Jayhawks the last two years, even if his statistics last season suggest he was not as productive as his junior year.

Reports on Collins say he's lost weight, dropped his body-fat percentage and is in much better shape entering the draft than he was last season at Kansas as he averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 assists.

"If Collins is down there, which he could be, he's one of the better point guards in this draft, but it depends on how good you think he is," NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake said. "This is not a point-guard draft whatsoever, but the guy is tough, he's quick and he's proved it. He doesn't have size, but you have [J.J.] Barea, who is very tough, comparatively, the same kind of guy."

The Mavs are working out two undersized point guards today in 5-9 Devan Downey of South Carolina and 5-11 Courtney Fortson of Arkansas. Dallas could move Barea, who has just one year left on his contract, in a deal, which would make room for a third point guard behind Jason Kidd and Roddy Beaubois, who could see more time at shooting guard than point guard.

But, if Collins is available and the Mavs want a point guard, Collins could fit the bill.

No. 50 a gamble? Sure, but put chips in

June, 14, 2010
6/14/10
5:25
PM CT
We all know that Manu Ginobili, drafted 57th overall in 1999, is one of the great late second-round selections ever.

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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