Dallas Mavericks: Quincy Miller

Rapid Reaction: Mavs pick Jared Cunningham

June, 28, 2012
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks somewhat surprisingly selected Jared Cunningham with the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Cunningham is a 6-foot-4, 194-pound junior shooting guard from Oregon State and is known for his athleticism, quickness and defense.

The Mavs initially picked Tyler Zeller (center, North Carolina) with the 17th overall pick, but quickly traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the 24th, 33rd and 34th picks in the draft.

One of the Mavs' targets, Arnett Moultrie (forward, Mississippi State) was on the board, but Dallas went with the combo guard. ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford wrote in his June 25 scouting report that Cunningham could be the best sleeper in this year's draft.

Here's a quick look at Cunningham's resume:

Cunningham led the Pac-12 in steals as a junior and sophomore. ... He was an All-Pac-12 First team selection as a junior and All-Pac-12 second team as a sophomore. ... He was a two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive and All-Tournament Team selection. ... He concluded his career 13th all-time in scoring (1,271), second in steals (219), third in free throws made (427) and fifth in free throws attempted (566) at Oregon State. ... He averaged 17.9 points as a junior, the second-best in the Pac-12. ... He ranked ninth nationally in steals. ... He tied Gary Payton and Lester Conner for for the second-most steals in a single season (91) in Oregon State history.

Cunningham is ranked 32nd in Chad Ford's top 100. Click here to read Ford's analysis (insider).

The Mavs had a few potential players go off the board before they could pick at 17th. Terrence Ross (guard, Washington) was drafted eighth overall by the Toronto Raptors, Meyers Leonard (center, Illinois) 11th overall by the Portland Trailblazers, Kendall Marshall (guard, North Carolina) 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns and Royce White (forward, Iowa State) 16th overall by the Houston Rockets.

After making the trade with Cleveland, the Mavs missed out on Terrence Jones (forward, Kentucky, picked 18th by Houston), Andrew Nicholson (forward, St. Bonaventure, picked 19th by Orlando) and Fab Melo (center, Syracuse, picked 22nd by Boston).

The Mavs left Perry Jones III (forward, Baylor) and Quincy Miller (forward, Baylor) on the board.

Draft preview: Quincy Miller

June, 22, 2012
Fifth in a nine-part series analyzing our top NBA draft choices for the Dallas Mavericks at No. 17 on June 28. We will look at one prospect a day leading up to the draft. ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's and Mavs play-by-play man Chuck Cooperstein provide the inside goods. The order is alphabetical.

We always want college kids to stay a year or two longer to get that extra seasoning. Sometimes it's the right thing to do and sometimes, well, it's not.

We'll see if staying one more season at Baylor will help power forward Perry Jones III. According to ESPN.com Insider Chad Ford's latest mock draft, in which Jones is the 19th overall pick, it would seem staying for his sophomore season might have actually hurt his draft stock rather than help.

As for Jones' freshman teammate, coming out after just one inconsistent season doesn't seem like the most prudent of moves. Another year in Scott Drew's system and another year to get his knee right coming off the ACL injury during his senior year of high school would only seem to improve his standing and better prepare him for life in the NBA.

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Richard Mackson/US PresswireQuincy Miller's versatility, court intelligence and all-around skills should make him a first-round pick.
Still, his versatility, court intelligence and all-around skills should keep him in the first round where the money is guaranteed. And those traits will make general managers weigh his talented upside against the health risk his knee apparently still poses.

Here's a look at our next draft prospect:

School: Baylor (1 year)
Position: SF
Age: 19
Ht./Wt.: 6-foot-10/219
2011-12 stats: 10.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg

Why he would fit: Size, athleticism, scoring ability at the 3? Sure, the Mavs will take that. Assuming Shawn Marion remains with the club, the two North Chicago boys could become fast friends.

Why he wouldn't fit: Very young and Mavs already have one small forward trying to work his way back from a knee injury in Kelenna Azubuike.

Chad Ford's thumbs up, thumbs down: Up -- Versatile skilled forward. ... Can play both the 3 and the 4. ... Good athlete. ... High basketball IQ. ... Can score inside and outside. ... Excellent rebounder/shot-blocker. Down -- Relies too heavily on his jump shot. ... Needs to add strength.

ESPN's Fran Fraschilla breaks down the NBA draft and the players that could be on the Mavericks' radar.

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Coop's comment: Struggled last year at Baylor coming off the knee injury and apparently is still struggling to find the form that made him a top 10 recruit two years ago. Prior to the injury, he was your prototype small forward and there aren’t many of those in the NBA right now. Right now, though, he seems to be a mess.

Previous prospects
Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Fab Melo, Syracuse



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