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Trae Young to the Mavs? It's possible.

Warriors star Curry heaps praise on Oklahoma’s Young

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said that Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who is drawing comparisons to him, is “unbelievable.” (Video by Jeff Wilson.)
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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said that Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who is drawing comparisons to him, is “unbelievable.” (Video by Jeff Wilson.)

It's very difficult to predict Trae Young's NBA future.

Many draft experts have admitted as much.

Could he end up in Dallas when the Mavs select No. 5 overall Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn?

Yes, the Mavericks already have a young, talented point guard in Dennis Smith Jr., who fell to them at pick No. 9 in last year's draft. But Young could be worth the risk.

Several reports have stated that Mark Cuban and his front office are open to trading down. In doing so, the Mavericks could stock additional future draft picks and, or add a more seasoned player to their roster.

That could also lead to Young ending up in Dallas.

The concerns about his size (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), defensive inconsistencies and shot selection are all fair.

Putting Young on the floor at the same time as another young point guard isn't an ideal defensive combination, but lineups in today's NBA aren't as locked into the traditional five positions as much as they have been in years past. Plus, head coach Rick Carlisle would demand improvement from he and DSJ when the Mavericks are trying to keep points off of the scoreboard.

It's also likely that much of Young's occasionally poor shot selection was a result of playing on a Sooners team that was so bereft of offensive talent that it almost played its way out of an NCAA Tournament invite this past March.

Seth Curry, Aaron Harrison and Yogi Ferrell could return to Dallas to play guard next season. But all three players are restricted free agents, which means that the only guards locked in to the roster for next season are Wesley Matthews, J.J. Barea, Kyle Collinsworth and Smith Jr.

As of this moment, only the latter two players are signed to contracts beyond next season.

Young would also help several major needs. His ability to create his own shot would help pull some of the increased defensive attention off the team's current starting point guard. Their quickness and speed would also create matchup problems for some opposing back courts.

Young would also bring major production. By the end of his one and only season in Norman, he led all of college basketball in scoring with 27.1 points per game. And despite the fact that Young averaged 19 shots per game (second in the nation), he still managed to shoot a respectable 42 percent from the field.

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