Ford mock: Mavs pick Croatian teen Dario Saric

Disclaimer: Never put too much stock into a mock draft, especially one more than a month away from the real thing.

Having said that, there's more interest in the NBA draft around these parts than there's been in ages with Dallas in the lottery, so we'll pass on who Chad Ford is projecting the Mavs to pick at No. 13 overall in his ESPN Insider mock draft.

The pick: Dario Saric, a 6-foot-10, 223-pound, 19-year-old small forward from Croatia.

Ford's analysis:

The Mavs will have a tough call here between Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Saric. The Mavs want a player with big upside, and both Carter-Williams and Saric have it. But I'm hearing the Mavs, who have historically been on the cutting edge of drafting international players, feel Saric could be a star someday -- especially if he has a year or two of mentoring from Dirk Nowitzki.

For what it's worth, Ford projects the two seasoned college products I figure would be great fits for the Mavs -- who would love to get an immediate contributor -- to be off the board by No. 13. He has Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum going ninth to Minnesota and Oklahoma City selecting Louisville center Gorgui Dieng with the 12th overall pick, which has gone from Toronto to Houston to OKC.