(Sports Network) - I lost track of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.
If tracking the Mavericks' draft was a shell game, I'd have guessed.
Here's the final tally: They got Shane Larkin in the first round and in the
second round, Ricky Ledo, who seemingly was traded four times on Thursday.
That's a pretty nice haul actually as both can play in the league.
Larkin is a natural leader who can score and set up everyone on the floor. His
athleticism and size are trouble, but that sort of thing just bothers me.
Larkin can be a great point guard. Who cares what he measures. Steve Nash
couldn't jump over a Kleenex, but he's going to the Hall of Fame.
Ledo is an interesting guy. He didn't play college basketball last season due
to academic problems. He's bounced around quite a bit, and if you believe the
stories, it's because of some maturity issues.
This draft was fine, but the Mavericks behaved on Thursday like a team
desperate to move down and not have to pay a lot of money for specifically
The Mavs will do anything to free up space for Dwight Howard. He'll take the
meeting, definitely, but if he doesn't go, Dallas has a different offseason
ahead of itself.
Larkin and Ledo, with some good tutoring and guidance, could be a pretty
effective backcourt for a while.
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