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Dallas Mavericks drop to fifth pick in NBA Draft

Stage hands prepare the set for the NBA draft lottery show that aired on ESPN Tuesday night.
Stage hands prepare the set for the NBA draft lottery show that aired on ESPN Tuesday night. AP Photo

The Dallas Mavericks will pick fifth in the NBA draft after the league held its annual draft lottery Tuesday evening in Chicago.

The Mavs had a 13.8 percent chance of earning the top pick, but dropped two spots. Most draft experts expect the top pick to be 7-foot-1 forward DeAndre Ayton from the University of Arizona. The Mavs were represented by former player and executive Michael Finley.

The Phoenix Suns, who had the best chance at earning the top pick (25 percent), will pick first.

Memphis had the second best odds at the top pick at 19.9 percent. The Atlanta Hawks were just behind the Mavs at 13.7 percent.

The Mavs last picked this high in 1994 when they drafted Jason Kidd with the No. 2 overall pick.

Dallas selected guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the 9th overall pick a year ago.

Among the draft prospects likely to be be drafted in the top five picks, along with Ayton, are Duke forward Marvin Bagley III, Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr., Texas center Mo Bamba and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic.

"I can see myself being speechless," Bamba said of the draft on ESPN, minutes before the lottery was aired. The draft is scheduled for June 21.

Mavs lottery history

Year

Lottery pick

Selection

2017

No. 9

Dennis Smith Jr.

2013

No. 13

Kelly Olynyk

2000

No. 12

Etan Thomas

1998

No. 6

Robert Traylor

1996

No. 9

Samaki Walker

1995

No. 12

Cherokee Parks

1994

No. 2

Jason Kidd

1993

No. 4

Jamal Mashburn

1992

No. 4

Jim Jackson

1991

No. 6

Doug Smith

1989

No. 8

Randy White

1986

No. 7Roy Tarpley
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