Mavericks Rookie Jaden Hardy Proved He’s Ready for NBA Minutes – NBA Draft Digest

A year before the 2022 NBA draft, Jaden Hardy predicted to be a top 5 pick going into the 2021-22 G League season with the Ignite. While statistically he had a solid season, his draft inventory declined quite a bit throughout the year through summer.

This was mainly due to inefficiency as a goalscorer. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 17.7 points on his unique path to skipping college and going straight to the G League, but was one of the most inefficient shooters in his class.

With that in mind, Hardy was still viewed as a guy who would likely go into the first round. The lottery was no longer a realistic option, but certainly later in the first round was expected by many of the event’s participants. On the night of the 2022 NBA draft, Hardy slipped to 37th overall when the Dallas Mavericks traded in the second round to pick him.

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