Way-too-early 2023 NBA Re-draft: Where do Scoot Henderson and Toumani Camara end up?

Re-assessing the 2023 NBA Draft class now that the season is officially over.
2023 NBA Draft
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No. 12: Dallas Mavericks select Ausar Thompson

Original pick: Dereck Lively II

Ausar Thompson's fall in the re-draft is significant after being selected by Detroit at pick No. 5. The main reason for Thompson's steep decline is his poor shooting ability. The Pistons rookie shot an abysmal 18.6 percent from beyond the arc in his rookie season. It's challenging not to be an offensive liability as a wing player if you aren't a three-point threat whatsoever.

Additionally, Ausar doesn't provide as much offensively as a playmaker as his brother and former Overtime Elite teammate, Amen. Ausar averaged only 1.9 assists with the Pistons. He's a willing passer with a high basketball IQ; he just doesn't have quite the same guard skillset.

However, the Dallas Mavericks would be a solid fit for Thompson since they wouldn't have to rely on him much offensively. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are among the best backcourt duos in recent history and generate most of their points; this would allow Thompson to focus on making his impact defensively, where he is one of the best in the class. Thompson is a versatile defender at 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot wingspan and elite athleticism.

After missing out on Blazers' Matisse Thybulle in free agency, the Mavericks find their own version of a potential All-Defensive level player in Thompson.