Beauty of Mavs drafts in eye of beholder

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:


Rnd Name College/HS/Country

1 B.J. Mullens, Ohio State (traded to OKC for Rodrigue Beaubois)

2 Ahmad Nivins, St. Joseph's


2 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt


2 Nick Fazekas, Nevada

2 Renaidas Seibutis, Lithuania

2 Milovan Rakovic, Serbia


1 Maurice Ager, Michigan State

2 J.R. Pinnock, George Washington


No selections


1 Devin Harris (picked by Washington, traded to Dallas)

1 Pavel Podkolzin (picked by Utah, traded to Dallas)

2 Vassilis Spanoulis, Greece


1 Josh Howard, Wake Forest

2 Xue Yuyang, China


2 Mladen Sekularac, Yugoslavia


2 Kyle Hill, Eastern Illinois

2 Kenny Satterfield, Cincinnati


1 Etan Thomas, Syracuse

1 Courtney Alexander, Fresno State

1 Donnell Harvey, Florida

2 Eduardo Najera, Oklahoma


1 Leon Smith, Martin Luther King (IL) HS

2 Wang ZhiZhi, China

2 Gordan Giricek, Croatia


1 Robert Traylor, Michigan (Traded to Milwaukee for Dirk Nowitzki)

2 Ansu Sesay, Mississippi

2 Bruno Sundov, Croatia

2 Greg Buckner, Clemson


1 Kelvin Cato, Iowa State

2 Bubba Wells, Austin Peay


1 Samaki Walker, Louisville

2 Shawn Harvey, West Virginia State

2 Darnell Robinson, Arkansas


1 Cherokee Parks, Duke

1 Loren Meyer, Iowa State


1 Jason Kidd, California

1 Tony Dumas, Missouri-Kansas City

2 Deon Thomas, Illinois


1 Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky

2 Lucious Harris, Long Beach State

2 Eric Riley, Michigan


1 Jimmy Jackson, Ohio State

2 Sean Rooks, Arizona


1 Doug Smith, Missouri

2 Donald Hodge, Temple

2 Mike Iuzzolino, St. Francis (PA)


2 Phil Henderson Duke