2012 NBA draft: Grading the Mavs
2012 Mavs Draft Grades
Jared CunninghamPick: No. 24
School: Oregon St.
Caplan: This might be an unfair initial grade to Cunningham, the Pac-12 steals leader as a sophomore and junior and two-time All-Defensive team selection. But, the Mavs spent a lot of time talking up the value of the No. 17 and they had a chance to take Kentucky 6-foot-10 power forward Terrence Jones or even North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, the player they traded at 17 to Cleveland for the Nos. 24, 33 and 34 picks. The super-athletic Cunningham played shooting guard, but also handled the ball at key times, but he's not a great shooter and seems to be in the mold of Dominique Jones, the Mavs' No. 25 selection in 2010. Grade: C
Bernard JamesPick: No. 33
School: Florida St.
Caplan: The Mavs went for rebounding and defense with this 6-foot-10, 27-year-old, who spent six years in the Air Force before returning to the Seminoles. He easily achieved the feel-good moment of the night as the crowd at the Prudential Center was aware of his service and gave him a rousing ovation. Dallas needs big bodies in the interior. With James they know they've drafted a first-class and fearless person, now they'll see if he can play in the NBA. Grade: B
Jae CrowderPick: No. 34
Caplan: He's got a big, strong NBA body at 6-7 and 241 pounds. He played power forward at Marquette, but will need to play small forward in the pros. He averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds last season as a sophomore, a significant increase from his freshman numbers. What really attracted scouts, though, was his tough, physical nature and willingness to do the dirty work. If he can find a position in the NBA, he could be an excellent get early in the second round. Grade: B
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