The Mavericks had the opportunity to try a bold experiment by drafting — and keeping — Trae Young with the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.
Instead, Mark Cuban and his front office will send Young, whom they drafted No. 5 overall, to the Atlanta Hawks for Luka Doncic and a protected first-round pick, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The concerns about the former Oklahoma guard's size (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), defensive inconsistencies and shot selection are all fair.
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 Dennis Smith Jr.
As of this moment, only the latter two players are signed to contracts beyond next season.
Young also would have helped 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 backcourts.
He averaged national bests of 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game as a true freshman at Oklahoma.