Hammons is a 7 footer who averaged 15 points and 8.2 rebounds for Purdue as a senior last season. He is viewed as a splendid shot blocker, and the Mavericks have had good luck in recent years with late draft picks who stayed in college for four seasons.
“Skilled big men aren’t out there growing on trees,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
“We like his talent. We feel he’s definitely a first round talent. There were some weird things happening in this draft. Some guys really slid. We were fortunate he slid. He’s a skilled big man who can score in the post and got one rebound every three minutes, which is a very good number.
“He’s a big guy with soft hands, and I think there’s a good chance he can help us some right away.”
However, there’s a reason Hammons fell to No. 46. There have been questions about his motor and whether he has the proper motivation for Success jersey cheap jersey cheap at the NBA level.
“I just talked to him on the phone,” Carlisle said. “He sounds like he’s really energetic to me. When you only have the 46th pick, you’ve got to get lucky and have some guys slip. And there are perceptions about guys that facilitate guys dropping lower than they should.
“Those perceptions probably facilitated him going 46th. Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
Now it’s our job to make sure he has a long and productive NBA career. And we take that seriously. I think we can get him fired up about playing with us.”
Hammons will enter the season as a long shot to make the Mavericks’ roster. But it’s not unheard of. Dwight Powell was the 45th pick two years ago and now is in the rotation.
Two years ago, Jordan Clarkson was the No. 46 pick for the Los Angeles Lakers jersey cheap jersey cheap and he has averaged 14 points in his first two seasons.
No move upward
The Mavericks said they were not opposed to writing a check for up to $3.4 million to buy a draft pick early in the second round.
“For the right players, if they fall to the right areas, we have been having those discussions,” Nelson said before the draft began. “But it would have to be for the right guy that fell to the right area.”Baylor’s Taurean Prince was the only local product selected in the draft. He went 12th and will end up in Atlanta as part of the three team trade that sent Jeff Teague to Indiana.