Southwest Notes: Pelicans, McDaniels, Mavs

The Pelicans can kickstart a major culture change this summer, writes Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune. New Orleans has a strong, young leader in big man Anthony Davis. Now, they must make the right moves, surround him with talent, and build a winner.  More from the Southwest Division..

  • Clemson small forward K.J. McDaniels impressed in today’s workout with the Grizzlies, writes Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. ”He’s a very solid defender. His shot isn’t broken but it can be improved,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. ”He presented himself well. He has a nice game about him and is certainly a guy we’ll keep investigating.’‘  McDaniels could be a consideration at No. 22 but he also might not be available at that point.
  • The Grizzlies coach also spoke highly of Tennesee forward Jarnell Stokes, writes Jason Smith of the Commercial Appeal.  Stokes spoke with Hoops Rumors back in April about what he can bring to an NBA team.
  • The Mavs pick at No. 34 and No. 51 in this month’s draft and history shows that they won’t come away with much, writes Bryan Gutierrez of  The Mavs have shown a willingness to mortgage their future in order to build a winner in the present, and that paid off in 2008 when they reacquired Jason Kidd from the Nets.  Since then, however, they’ve been let down in varying degrees by the likes of Shan Foster, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, and Jared Cunningham.

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