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2011 NBA Draft Set For Thursday Night

The Dallas Mavericks brass has little time to celebrate their first ever NBA championship. Just over a week after defeating the Miami Heat in six games to win the 2011 NBA championship, the Dallas Mavericks will be partaking in the 2011 NBA draft which is set to begin on Thursday night.

The Mavericks' first pick is No. 26 overall in the first round. Needless to say, whoever Dallas ends up taking will likely be a work in progress and not somebody expected to contribute in the immediate future to the team.

Dallas' other pick comes late in the second round at No. 57 overall, in between a pair of Los Angeles Lakers picks. The selection will be the fourth to last pick in the draft, so if you're watching it, you might as well stick it out to see who the Sacramento Kings take with No. 60 overall to end the draft.

The two round draft will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 23. The draft is held in Newark, New Jersey and televised coverage can be found on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

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