2023 NBA mock draft roundup: See whom experts say the Mavericks will select at No. 10

Who could Dallas draft to help Luka Doncic and the Mavericks return to the playoffs?

The Dallas Mavericks were fortunate enough to retain the No. 10 overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft. Now they have to make a choice.

The Mavericks could keep their pick and add a top-10 selection to their roster or trade it away for more veteran talent.

If the Mavs don’t trade the pick away, who could they select in the first round? Here’s what notable mock drafts have to say:


Kansas G Gradey Dick

The Associated Press’ Brian Mahoney (June 14): “Dick made 83 3-pointers, most in Kansas history by a freshman, and the 6-8 forward could get plenty of open looks when Mavericks opponents focus their attention on Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving — if Irving remains in Dallas. The Mavs went to great lengths to protect their chances of keeping this pick, tanking their final couple games to boost their lottery odds while still in play-in contention.”


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CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone (May 16): “Tall wings who have the ability to shoot it — and do so successfully in the multitude of ways Dick can shoot it — don’t come around every draft. His game is tailor-made for an NBA role player with room to grow into more alongside a superstar in Luka Doncic.”

Duke C Dereck Lively II

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo (June 22): “This Dallas selection has been deemed by rival teams as the most likely lottery pick to move entering draft night, with the Mavericks aiming to maximize value and searching for the highest bidder. Dallas has interest in Lively, but continues to weigh its options in trading back, looking for the right opportunity to upgrade the roster while also preferring to stay in the draft and potentially grab a player they like further down, like Cason Wallace. Lively has potential suitors right after this pick in Orlando and Oklahoma City, making him a trade target for other teams at this spot, most notably Atlanta, which could aim to package the No. 15 pick with Clint Capela to move up and draft him”


Yahoo Sports’ Krysten Peek (June 21): “Lively was one of the biggest draft risers after showcasing his improved motor and 3-point shot during his pro day with Klutch Sports. The Mavericks, if they end up keeping this pick, can use his rim protection with his 7-7 wingspan and won’t necessarily rely on him offensively with what they already have with Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic. Lively averaged only 5.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 20 minutes during his one season at Duke.”

Arkansas G Anthony Black

SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell (June 19): “Black is another A+ fit in this mock, and the Mavericks should be doing backflips if he’s available at No. 10. The Mavs need connective pieces around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving if the latter is re-signed, and Black can be exactly that. He’s a big, strong guard with a winning mentality who can keep the ball moving on the perimeter while capably defending a wide spectrum of offensive players. Black lacks some dynamism as an on-ball creator, but that’s not a concern on a Doncic team. If he improves his spot-up jumper, he’s everything Dallas needs on the perimeter.”


CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish (June 21): “Black has great size for his position and the ability to make plays out of pick-and-rolls. Those attributes combined with a high basketball IQ make him a sensible option for a Dallas franchise that might need a lead guard given the uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving.”

Central Florida F Taylor Hendricks

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (June 6): “The Mavericks’ late-season collapse stemmed in no small part from their inability to get stops after going all-in on the offensive brilliance of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving at the trade deadline. Balancing the roster with a long-armed, high-intensity, defensively versatile power forward such as Hendricks could certainly make sense in the short and long terms.”

Forbes’ Evan Sidery (May 31): “Dallas will try to offload this pick, but there might not be much value out there. Instead, they stay put in this scenario drafting Hendricks. Hendricks has an extremely high floor thanks to his floor-spacing and defensive versatility. Dallas needs a lot of that around Luka Dončić.”

Sports Illustrated’s Matt Babcock (May 23): “Central Florida’s Taylor Hendricks is a 6-foot-9 forward tailor-made for the modern NBA as a player that can be a 3-and-D stretch four. Hendricks showcased his ability to provide floor spacing, in addition, his defensive versatility and playmaking abilities also offer significant value. Hendricks’ inability to create offense on his own could limit his upside. However, he checks many boxes fo how many teams prefer to play in this day and age. Expect Hendricks’ name to continue buzzing more and more as we get closer to the draft.”

USA Today’s Cody Taylor (May 19): “Hendricks made a rapid rise up draft boards after a great freshman campaign with UCF. He has the athleticism and ability to guard multiple positions and switch onto smaller players. He boasts a 7-foot wingspan that will help enable him to play the passing lanes and help protect the paint. Offensively, Hendricks can space the floor, after shooting 39.4% from beyond the arc, and help facilitate things on the court.”

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor (June 20): “It would be a blessing for the Mavericks if Hendricks falls this far since he’s a highly versatile forward who could play some small-forward or even some small-ball center. Luka Doncic would be adding an enforcer on defense and a useful player on offense who can be used as either a roller or a shooter in pick-and-rolls. But will the Mavericks keep this pick? Sources say they’re trying to move down for multiple picks or players, or out of the draft entirely. The value for this pick isn’t significant today, but if a player like Hendricks falls then perhaps someone will want to make a strong bid on draft night.”


Indiana F Jalen Hood-Schifino

The Athletic’s Tim Cato (June 20): “Every mock draft is finding it difficult to predict Dallas’ pick, because it’s probably not going to be Dallas picking. The Mavericks are known to be most interested in trading No. 10 for a ready-now veteran. If Hendricks, Black or Walker falls, I believe Dallas shouldn’t overthink this and take one of them. But Hood-Schifino is a ready-now prospect — at least readier than most players available — who fills roster needs even if No. 10 is awfully high to take him. If Dallas trades down, he might also be a target at, say, No. 15.”

Houston F Jarace Walker

NBC Sports’ Tyler Byrum (May 27): “In a draft that is void of big men aside from Wembayama, Jarace Walker has the opportunity to be selected in the top half of the lottery. His per-40 rebounding numbers (9.8) given his utilization at Houston are impressive. Already, he has the power and body to match up against current NBA stars. The little playmaking he does show with the ball in his hand also is a look into what he could develop into. Look for a team that needs help in their interior defense to snag him.”


247Sports’ Adam Finkelstein (June 20): “This would be a major win for Dallas if Jarace Walker were to fall to them at No. 10. It’s very possible he goes in the top 5 and would certainly be a candidate for Indiana at No. 7. He would give them a long and powerful four-man who can play some small-ball five. Walker’s best attributes are on the defensive end of the floor, but he also has some untapped offensive potential.”

France F Bilal Coulibaly

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman (June 21): “League sources expect the Mavericks to trade this pick, and Bilal Coulibaly could be an upside target for a team looking to take a big swing. The 18-year-old’s season just came to an end last week, when he scored eight points on five shots in Game 3 of the LNB Finals. Between a combination of age, explosion and shot-making that screams upside—not to mention his budding production into the LNB Pro A playoffs—teams think he’s going somewhere in the No. 9-14 range.”

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