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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Dallas Mavericks Linked To Terrence Jones

Now that the official measurements from the 2012 NBA Draft are in, there's a new round of mock drafts circulating and several interesting names slipping to the Dallas Mavericks at No. 17.

In Jeff Goodman's latest mock draft from CBS Sports, he has Dallas taking Kentucky SF/PF Terrence Jones, who was projected as a lottery pick for most of the season:

17. Dallas Mavericks
Terrence Jones, PF, Kentucky: The Mavs need someone up front who can rebound -- and also score some. Jones is erratic, but he would certainly benefit by playing alongside Dirk and Shawn Marion.

Jones, an athletic 6'9 250 combo forward with a 7'2 wingspan, is one of the most talented players in the draft, and he would have been a Top 10 pick after a strong freshman season in 2011.

As a sophomore, he took a step back while playing next to two other lottery picks in Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but still averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block on 50% shooting.

He has been plagued by whispers about his intensity and attitude, but a player with his combination of size, skill and athleticism would be a steal for Dallas this late in the first round.

A scouting report on Jones I wrote for the NBA Draft Toolbox earlier this year:

  • Best case: Josh Smith -- Athletic 6'9+ forward who can create shots offensively while doubling as an excellent help-side defender in the paint.
  • Worst case: Earl Clark -- skilled forward whose lack of offensive consistency keeps him from earning a consistent spot in someone's rotation.
  • Video highlights from Jones' two seasons at Kentucky:

    For more on the Mavericks draft plans, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as Mavs Moneyball.

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