Mavs help Harrison Barnes, Patric Young
It stands to reason that players hoping to be drafted in 2012 should look to the 2011 draft for guidance on what skills NBA teams are looking for. But there is a far better place to look for that kind of advice -- the roster of the team that paraded its players downtown while celebrating a title.
Every team that didn't win the championship will look at what the Dallas Mavericks did that their team did not. First they'll see the top few players, and everyone covets superstars. The next players on the roster are the guys that other GM's will try to find, both in the draft and through free agency. So what does that mean for the Class of 2012? Well, when you consider that Dallas used players with the third-, fourth- and eighth-most 3-pointers in NBA history (Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakovic and Jason Terry, respectively) to stretch the vaunted Miami Heat defense and make them pay for many of their mistakes, perimeter shooting will be the in-demand trait of 2012 draftees.
Another hot commodity will be a center who owns the space right in front of the rim on both sides of the floor (Tyson Chandler), even if he possesses limited scoring range. Between those two player-types, we have a good picture of what NBA scouts will be looking for.
So, which players will that affect most next June?
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