SBNation NBA Mock Draft, Pick #22: Dallas Mavericks

With the twenty-second pick in the SBNation Mock Draft, the Dallas Mavericks, represented by SBN's very own Mavs Moneyball, select... (Drum Roll please)

From MM:The Mavs chatter leading up to the draft has been 'point guard, point guard, point guard', so a polished, safe, and low ceiling pick like Darren Collison could make sense here if Dallas were looking to draft strictly to fill a perceived hole. However, I don't think Dallas would be able to pass on lottery talent at 22.

Dallas selects Terrence Williams, and there is much rejoicing.

The Mavs are looking for immediate help in this draft, and you may think a post presence or Kidd replacement are the only options. Don't forget that Antoine Wright was theMavs primary starter at the two last season. Wright was praised by his coaches for his defense all season long, but you only had to watch him get exposed by Denver in the postseason to see he's merely an average defender who may look a little better compared to his surroundings.

Williams could seemingly replace Wright in the starting lineup from day one. His superior athleticism projects him to be a better defender than Wright, and a chance that he may already be. Williams biggest deficiencies, scoring and shooting percentage are also the weakest points in Wright's game. Unlike Wright, Williams is able to make up for it with his rebounding and passing -- 8.6rpg and 5.0 apg last season for Louisville.

I think it's very unlikely that Terrence Williams makes it this far on draft day, but if he does, I'll be shocked and pretty angry if Dallas passes.

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The 2009 SB Nation Mock Draft thus far:

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Clips NationBlake Griffin

2. Memphis Grizzlies - 3 Shades of Blue: Ricky Rubio

3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Welcome to Loud City: James Harden

4. Sacramento Kings - Sactown Royalty: Tyreke Evans

5. Washington Wizards - Bullets Forever: Hasheem Thabeet

6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus: Stephen Curry

7. Golden State Warriors - Golden State of Mind: Brandon Jennings

8. New York Knicks - Posting and ToastingJrue Holiday

9. Toronto Raptors - Holly MacKenzie: DeMar DeRozan

10. Milwaukee Bucks - BrewHoop: Jordan Hill

11. New Jersey Nets - Aisander "IcemanCometh" Duda: Jonny Flynn

12. Charlotte Bobcats - Rufus On Fure: Gerald Henderson

13. Indiana Pacers - Indy Cornrows: DeJuan Blair

14. Phoenix Suns - Bright Side of the Sun: Ty Lawson

15. Detroit Pistons - Motown String Music: Earl Clark

16. Chicago Bulls - BlogABull: Tyler Hansbrough

17. Philadelphia 76ers - Liberty Ballers: Eric Maynor

18. Minnesota Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus: B.J. Mullens

19. Atlanta Hawks - Peachtree Hoops: Jeff Teague

20. Utah Jazz - SLC Dunk: James Johnson

21. New Orleans Hornets - At The Hive: Austin Daye
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