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Top 5 Dallas Mavericks best draft picks of all time

The Dallas Mavericks, one of the NBA's most illustrious teams, were established in 1980 and won their sole title in 2011. Take a look at the top 5 Dallas Mavericks best draft picks of all time.

Last updated: 02.06.2023
Dallas Mavericks best draft picks of all time

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The Dallas Mavericks, one of the NBA's most illustrious teams, were established in 1980 and won their sole title in 2011. The squad has also included some of the most accomplished and well-known players in the league, who have contributed to the development of the sport. The finest of the best, though, is who? What are the top five Mavericks draft picks of all time? Since there are so many things to take into account, including numbers, accomplishments, longevity, and effect, the answer to this issue is not simple. However, we'll make an effort to score them using both these factors and our own judgments.


Luka Doncic



The youngest player on our list, Luka Doncic, has already made a name for himself as one of the finest in the NBA and a cornerstone of the Mavericks' team. Doncic was selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on draft night. In his first four seasons, Doncic has earned the Rookie of the Year award, and been selected to three All-Star teams, two All-NBA First Teams, and one All-NBA Third Team. In his professional career, he has averaged 25.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game while shooting 43.7% from the field and 35.1% from beyond the arc.


Marc Aguirre


The first draft pick in Mavericks history, Mark Aguirre was taken first overall out of DePaul University in 1981. Averaging 24.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 48% from the field and 29% from three-point range throughout his eight seasons with the Mavericks. With the Mavericks, he was selected to three All-Star teams and two All-NBA Second Teams, and helped them win their first Western Conference Finals in 1988 and their first playoff berth in 1984.


Rolando Blackman


Out of Kansas State University, Rolando Blackman was selected by the Mavericks in the ninth overall round in 1981. He played with the Mavericks for 11 seasons, averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and three assists per game while shooting 34% from three-point range and 50% from the field overall. With the Mavericks, he was selected to four All-Star teams, one All-NBA Second Team, and four Western Conference Semifinals and one Western Conference Final.


Jason Kidd


The Mavericks selected Californian Jason Kidd in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft by them. Averaging 13.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 9.7 assists per game while shooting 38.5% from the field and 32.8% from three-point range over his two-and-a-half seasons with the Mavericks. He and Grant Hill split the 1995 Rookie of the Year honor, and in 1996, he played for the Mavericks and made one All-Star team.


Dirk Nowitzki


Unquestionably the finest player selected by the Mavericks and maybe the greatest player in team history is Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki, who was selected ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998, played his entire 21-year career with the Mavericks, averaging 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. He was dealt to the Mavericks on draft night for Robert Traylor. One of the greatest power forwards of all time, Nowitzki is largely recognized as the best European player of all time. With his exceptional mix of stature, talent, and shooting prowess that rendered him practically unguardable, he changed the game.

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