Over the last week, UNC PG Kendall Marshall has become the chic pick for the Dallas Mavericks at No. 17.
Analysis: With Jason Kidd 39 and a free agent and Rodrigue Beaubois more of a combo guard, Marshall would bring much of what Kidd brings to the table -- incredible court vision and size -- right away. He's not a great athlete or a great shooter, but he could keep Dirk & Co. happy.
In a normal draft, taking a ten-year NBA PG at No. 17 wouldn't be a terrible value, but in a draft as stacked as 2012, it would be an absolute disaster.
Here's some of the players Ford would have Dallas pass on: Terrence Ross, an All-Star caliber SG, Perry Jones III, one of the most talented 6'11+ players to come in the NBA in a long-time and Royce White, a 6'8 270 point forward.
In five years, passing on any of these three players for Marshall will be laughable.