The Dallas Mavericks will receive the 10th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. With Mavericks general manager Niko Harrison sitting on stage, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announced that Dallas remained in the lottery during the 2023 lottery show televised on ESPN.
Going into Tuesday night, the Mavericks had odds of 65.9% to secure the No. 10 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, which takes place on Thursday, June 22. There was an outside snap that could move Dallas into the top four in the draft. , but that did not happen.
The Mavericks had a 3% chance of winning first overall in the draft and two shots at drafting French prodigy Victor Wimpanyama. The 7-foot-2 nineteen is the highest overall prospect in this year’s draft. That franchise will go to the San Antonio Spurs, who won the lottery.
Dallas also had odds of 3.3%, 3.6%, and 4% of landing the second, third, or fourth pick in this year’s draft, respectively.
Dallas had a greater than 20% chance of falling outside the top 10. Had that happened, the Mavericks’ pick would have been transferred to the New York Knicks as the final piece of the 2019 blockbuster Dallas trade for Christaps Porzingis. New York will now receive a 2024 first-round draft pick from Dallas.
History has not been kind to the Mavericks in the draft lottery. In the 16 lottery games prior to Tuesday night, Dallas has never moved to claim a pick higher than its pre-lottery position. Dallas has also suffered the shock of falling one or more times from its projected position seven times – 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2018 and 2019.
To improve their odds of retaining their pick this year, the Mavericks sat out the starting and most role players through the last two games of the regular season. The move angered the NBA Twitterati and the league itself. The NBA investigated the decision to sit out several players and fined the organization $750,000 for conduct detrimental to the league. It finally paid off.
Dallas did not move in the draft lottery for the 17th time, but the franchise held on to pick him in what is considered a deep draft draft. Now, the Mavericks must decide how to best use the 10th pick to improve their roster.