The 2013 NBA Draft lineup will be determined tonight in New York City, and for the first time since 2000, your Dallas Mavericks will be participants. In an off-season full of potential, this marks the first step in that process.
Donnie Nelson and Keith Grant will be in New York to represent the Mavericks, and all of Mavs Nation have their fingers, toes, and anything else you can imagine crossed. After all, it’s really a game of luck.
“As much as we want to say it’s all science, there’s a big part of it that’s luck.’’ – Mark Cuban
What are the odds?
A look at the Mavericks’ chances of winning the lottery during their lean years in the ‘90s:
Year, Finish, lottery, result
1991, 28-54 (6th), 9.1, 6th
1992, 22-60 (3rd), 13.6, 4th
1993, 11-71 (1st) , 25.0, 4th
1994, 13-69 (1st), 25.0, 2nd
1995 36-46 (10th), 0.8, 10th
1996, No pick, traded to Boston
1997, No pick, traded to Boston
*1998, 20-62 (6th), 9.2, 6th
*1999, 19-31 (8th), 3.6, 8th
2000, 40-42 (12th), 0.6, 12th
*Pick was previously traded to Phoenix, who selected Shawn Marion.
*Pick was traded to Milwaukee for the rights to Dirk Nowitzki, who was selected 9th.
It’s important to note that in all these years, the Mavericks have never traded up in the draft. That may not be the case this season. If the Mavericks find themselves at #13 or #14, they could very well package that pick along with a player to move into the top 3 slots. This is a make or break off-season for the Mavericks. Time to figure out which direction it’s going to go. It all begins tonight.
As always, Go Mavs!
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