We basically threw in the towel this season for a chance to land Deron Williams and/or Dwight Howard this offseason. If we get one or both...success. If not...we'll have about a million angry Dallasites that need some explaining.
Jason Kidd is a free agent. If he leaves and we don't get Deron we don't have a point guard. Kendall Marshall was a perfect pick for us, but our Lone Star neighbors just snatched him right in front of us. We can't say we're happy about this.
We desperately need an infusion of some young talent. Dirk, JET (who we expect to resign), Vince Carter and Shawn Marion are all 34 or older.
We have no big man depth. We might have no point guard. Our players are old. Things can spiral out of control VERY quickly unless we land a top free agent and nail this pick.
Good thing there is a top 5 talent on the board for us.
With the 17th pick, the Mavericks select Perry Jones III.
A blinding talent.
We're confident that our veteran laden team can bring the best out of Perry, who fell due to an unimpressive sophomore season at Baylor. Not only will he learn from true professionals, but he grew up in Dallas County, and we believe that this scenario is the best possibility for him to succeed and grow into a star.