DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Mavericks’ future just became a little clearer. The team will pick fifth overall in this year’s NBA Draft.
The Mavs had the third-worst record in the league this season, winning only 24 games. The team had a 13.8 percent chance to get the first overall pick.
Michael Finley, assistant vice president of basketball operations, was at the lottery, representing the Mavs on stages in Chicago.
“You know the hope is that this draft will be a great one for us. But there will be a couple of young players that will need great experience, and we will be looking to integrate our number one pick into our rotation next year,” said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.
The Mavericks Assistant Vice President of Basketball Operations Michael Finley issued the following statement at tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery:
“Ultimately, when you are in this position you would love to have the first pick, but we still have a top-five pick with a chance to get a very good player. It is a deep draft with some great young talent and we can still get a player who can come in and help us out immediately. There is a wide variety of talent at the top of this draft and we are hopeful that we can get a guy who will help us not be in this lottery next year.”
The best the Mavs ever did in the lottery was in 1994 when they had the worst record in the league but wound up with the second pick. They selected point guard Jason Kidd with that pick.
The NBA Draft will be held on June 21.