Should the Mavs draft a center if Nerlens Noel accepts the Qualifying Offer?

The Nerlens Noel saga has entered August, and it is becoming increasingly more likely that Noel takes the qualifying offer, which would likely mean that he would leave after the 2017-18 season, due to the expressed unhappiness during the free agency period. Should this scenario happen, the Mavs will have another hole at center, as after next season, both Nerlens Noel and Salah Mejri would become free agents. The only other center under contract would be Dwight Powell. I believe the Mavs should do whatever it takes to acquire a center in the 2018 draft in this scenario, namely DeAndre Ayton. Continue reading

Rawle Alkins Scouting Report

Rawle Alkins is a 6’4/223 guard from Arizona. He had a strong showing in his freshman year, as he was a highly regarded prospect coming out of high school. Additionally, he raised his stock significantly at the NBA Draft combine in May before withdrawing from the draft shortly after. Alkins measured well at the combine, with a 6’9 wingspan and he played well in the combine scrimmage. Alkins’ excellent frame will be a big factor for him, as scouts raved on Markelle Fultz’s similar frame at 6’4 with a 6’10 wingspan. However, Fultz is a whopping 40 pounds lighter than Alkins, which is one of his bigger strengths. Continue reading