The Mavericks returned to the 2022 NBA draft, identifying Jaden Hardy with the 37th pick

The Mavs shook their quiet first draft Thursday night by trading future second-round picks with the Sacramento Kings for the No. 37 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Mavs picked guard Jaden Hardy with the selection, a former five-star recruit who averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists in high school and was the 2021 Nevada MVP. For the 37th pick, the Mavs sent their second-round picks in 2024 and 2028 to the Kings.

Hardy, 19, bypassed scholarship offers from Kentucky and the University of California, among others, to play last spring for G League’s Team Ignite. In the G League, Hardy (6-4, 198) averaged 17.7 points per game, 3.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds. While his numbers look good, he struggled with efficiency and his 3-point shot, shooting 26.9% from outside the arc.

“I feel like I’m playing in the NBA G League, it’s the second best league in the world,” Hardy said before the draft in his Yahoo podcast on Yahoo. “I played against people in the NBA right now.” , such as Moses Moody and Jonathan Kominga. …I play against talent-level players in the NBA in every game. I’m learning. I feel more comfortable in every match.”

Nico Harrison has designed two big operations in his time with Dallas, but this selection is the first made in his short career as general manager of the Mavericks.

Scout Jaden Hardy reports

(From the official NBA draft guide)

Career Highlights

Held the 2021-22 season with the NBA G League Ignite.

– Ranked as ESPN’s Best Goalkeeper and 2nd Player in the High School Class of 2021.

– He had 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.4 assists as a freshman at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nevada.

Unable to play a regular season as a high school student due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he still earned McDonald’s All-American Team and Nike Hoops Summit honors for the USA.

2021-22

– He led to scoring (19.8 points per gallon) and added 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 24 games.

Ignition schedule includes 14 NBA G League Showcase games and 13 Ignite Tour games, all against NBA G League opponents.

– He finished fifth in the NBA in free throw percentage (88.2) during the Showcase Cup portion of the season.

– He scored 31 points, the highest level during the season against the capital (January 28).

Scored 27 points (including six three-pointers), seven rebounds, six assists, and three fouls against Santa Cruz (March 28).

strength point

– Durable combo protector with sturdy frame and good length.

Brilliant scoring instincts. It excels at creating a space that is far from dodgy.

– Confident shooter with deep range and good mechanics.

– Has a mid-range advanced drag game.

Personal

Big brother Amauri also competed for the NBA G League Ignite in the 2021-22 season.

Father Ramsey played college basketball at Tuskegee University.

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