DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks own the 37th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Not only are there no guarantees when it comes to such a late pick, there are also no guarantees Dallas will end up using the pick to select a player, as No. 37 might also end up being ammunition used in a trade. Additionally, pre-Draft workouts don’t lock in the participants to being worthy of such a pick, either.
Nevertheless, “the more you know” … So, as NBA sources have provided five of the names who are working out at Mavs HQ today (I believe over the course of two different sessions), the names have some worth-studying value to MFFLs. Here goes:
Ky Bowman, Boston College – 6-2, 180, junior point guard from Boston College. NBADraft.net suggests he’s worthy of a second-round pick, writing (of positives and negatives): “A confident, high volume scorer and tough shot-maker … Frustrates the defense with his ability to score in a variety of ways … Attacks the rim and drills step-back jumpers … Adept ability to create shots off the dribble … His solid athleticism and ability to be in the right spots attributes to his explosive scoring outputs … Has a knack for rebounding that will translate well in the NBA, averaged 7.5 rebounds this season … Better than average on-ball defender, moves his feet well to stay in front of his opponents … His quick crossover tends to catch defenders off guard … Clutch free throw shooter, with decent career numbers (80% as a sophomore, 76% as a junior) … At times, he makes questionable decisions, specifically when it comes to shot selection … Being the only go-to guy on Boston College has resulted in wild shots … Tends to have lapses defensively … Must improve his off-ball defense … At 6’1’’, he may be too undersized to run the point in the NBA.”
In the end, though, the site sees him as the 55th overall prospect.
Shamorie Ponds — 6-1, 180, junior point guard from St. Johns. Via NBADraft.net: “A crafty scorer with a soft touch at the rim … Excellent free throw shooter (83.6%) … His assist-to-turnover ratio has improved each year in his three seasons playing for St. Johns … Has the ability to take over any game and is a unstoppable scorer when hot … A pesky on-ball defender, evidenced by his 2.6 steals per game as a junior … Despite his 6’1’’ frame, he has a nose for the ball off the glass … Recorded five games with seven or more rebounds this season … Possesses an exceptional burst of the dribble, knowing how to vary his speeds … Confident in his ability to get his shot off from challenging angles … Will impress teams with his determined demeanor and aggressive scoring mentality … One of the biggest concerns that NBA scouts have with Ponds is his lack of size … Undersized defensively and his lack of bulk is a question for him when guarding bigger athletes … Tends to have lapses on the defensive end … Must improve his playmaking abilities in order to establish a spot in the league.”
The site’s conclusion: “Has the talent to be a backup point guard in the NBA … In a short handed point guard class, Ponds has the potential to be a second round draft pick, but may go undrafted.”
Luke Maye — 6-8, 240, senior power forward from North Carolina. From NBAScoutingLive.com: “Luke Maye is a smart, skilled combo forward that can shoot the basketball. He can make shots from all over the court, and he has a patented pump fake that can really help his team space the floor. … On the downside, he may not be an especially dynamic player nor athletic, as that may limit his ceiling as a prospect for the NBA. But still, Maye’s skill set and ability to put the ball in the hoop could perhaps help him find his way into the league.”
Jordan Caroline, 6-7, 235, senior power forward from Nevada. From NBAScoutingLive.com: “Jordan Caroline is an athletic, high-motor combo forward that quietly had a solid sophomore season for Nevada. He is a versatile scorer that can get numerous tough scores around the basket, and he is also quite active on the boards. … On the other hand, he may need to improve his outside shot, and he may have a tendency to play too wildly at times. Also, he will likely need to show that he can play solid defense on a consistent basis, especially against tough teams. … Right now, he has not garnered much draft buzz, but with his skill set, combined with having good athletic gifts and motor, Caroline could end up being a potential second round pick in the future.”
Lamar Peters, 6-1, 190, junior point guard Mississippi State. His stock was very high early in his college career. Less so now … and maybe Peters, and others here, provide a hint of sorts regarding No. 37: That this group is as much about being considered as post-Draft UDFAs as it is “hot prospects” at 37.