The Dallas Mavericks, their coach, their front office, their fans, and probably even their players are likely a little disappointed today.
The team finished with the third-worst record in the NBA (24-58) this past season. And heading into the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, the franchise had a 42.6 percent chance of a top-three pick, and 13.8 percent chance at the No. 1 overall selection.
Instead, the Mavericks dropped to the fifth overall selection.
The good news for the Mavericks is that while do-it-all center DeAndre Ayton or the well-rounded Luka Doncic are virtual locks to be off the board by the fourth pick, there doesn't seem to be an overwhelming consensus on the next half-dozen or so available prospects.
With that in mind, here are the five best fits for the Mavericks, ranked.
Doubters will say he's too undersized and plays with a lack of discipline that would drive Rick Carlisle insane. And the team already has Yogi Ferrell and star rookie Dennis Smith Jr. on the roster.
The thing is, Young already has an elite ability to create his own shot. Aside from Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes, the team is devoid of those type of players. Young also led all of college basketball in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 per game) last season.
He fits the system and then some. In college, Bamba has shown he can guard all five positions on the floor. That unique trait could eventually carry over to the pro game.
In his one season at Texas, he did average 13 points per game. Those numbers mostly came around the basket. His athleticism will get him those buckets in the NBA, too, but his game outside the paint needs a ton of work.
It's very possible that many are underestimating how much of a liability Bagley is on defense. Which, in theory, would be a huge concern for Carlisle.