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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Mavericks Receive C- From SB Nation

The Dallas Mavericks may have received an A- from ESPN's Chad Ford for their 2011 NBA Draft grade, but that doesn't mean that praise was universal. The Mavs received an extremely underwhelming C- from SB Nation for their draft day antics, which consisted solely of trading.

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Here's what Tom Ziller had to say about the Mavericks' draft:

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Synopsis: Hamilton actually seemed like a good pick-up, a lottery talent at a position of need going forward for Dallas. Fernandez? In theory, it sounds good. A shooter who can, like seemingly every other Mavs guard not named Jason Kidd, provide some "instant offense" (just add possessions!). The problem is that Fernandez has been awful off the bench for most of his NBA career, and his shooting has gotten worse and worse every year. The Mavericks don't play a whole lot more up-tempo than the Blazers, and he's not likely to get many more minutes. The chances of this working out really well seem to be rather less than Rudy not helping, and Hamilton being a good young player for the Nuggets.

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All the NBA's a prediction, and mine is that this is not great for Dallas. If Koponen, a Finnish point guard, actually comes over? Burn this post.

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Grade: C-.

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Opinions seem to vary on Hernandez, and Ziller's is certainly at one end of the spectrum. Mark Cuban seems to be on the other end, seeing Fernandez as a top 20 player in the plus-minus stat. If Cuban is anywhere near right, this deal will be a steal for the Mavericks.

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