The Dallas Mavericks came into the draft with three picks. Dallas picked Josh Green from Arizona (18th) pick, Tyrell Terry from Stanford (31st pick), and Tyler Bey from Colorado (36th pick). The Mavericks had an excellent draft, adding wing defenders and one of college basketball’s best shooters.
Josh Green, Arizona
Green will give Dallas good size on the wing; he 6’6 with a 6’10 wingspan. Green is a very athletic player and can finish around the rim; he should be useful in transition offense.
Last year at Arizona, he shot 34% from three-point land; HE will need to improve his three-point shot. But he is capable of knocking down spot three’s. The former Arizona star will need to work on his ball-handling and passing ability.
What Green does best is defend. He is a versatile defender who competes hard on and off the ball. Green can guard point guards and can even take some physical wing players. Dallas led the NBA on offense last year; drafting Green adds depth to the Mavs defense.
Tyrell Terry, Stanford
After trading Seth Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Mavericks needed to add another shooter. So they drafted Terry with the first pick of round two.
Terry may be undersized for a point guard, but he can shot the basketball. At Stanford, he shot 41% from the beyond the arc and 89% from the charity stripe.
Terry is improving as a playmaker but should play well next to Luka Doncic as a spot shooter to open the floor up. Terry has also shown improvements on defense and will need to get stronger to defend on the NBA level
Tyler Bey, Colorado
Drafting Bey gives Dallas another wing defender; he won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last year. Bey is 6’7 with a 7-foot wingspan that allows him to play bigger than his height. He is quick and can cover a lot of ground. Bey can cover all five positions but will need to get stronger to cover the bigger forwards in the NBA.
As for the offense, Bey shot 41% from three-point land but only took 31 attempts. Bey has good shooting mechanics, so he should be able to improve his shot to be a threat on the wing. It will be an adjustment period for Bey because he played mostly on the perimeter in Colorado. For the Mavericks, he will be out more on the perimeter, so it will take some time to accumulated to the position.
As you can see, Dallas went Pac-12 heavy in the draft. All three of the players they drafted went to Pac-12 schools. Green, Terry, Bey bring skill sets that Mavericks need on their roster. Green and Bey are defenders that are capable of hitting outside shots. Terry is a sharpshooter who will provide spacing and maybe some playmaking.
All three players will play well next to Doncic and give Dallas much-needed defense to the NBA’s best offense. The Western Conference is deep this year, and Dallas will need as many defenders as they can get to compete.