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Donnie Nelson doesn't know whether first-round Frenchman Rodrigue Beaubois will be ready to crack the Mavs' rotation as a rookie.

"I think this year is asking a lot, but you never know," Nelson said.

"The NBA is kind to athletes, and he's a big-time athlete."The Mavs measured Beaubois' vertical leap at 40 inches.

That leaping ability combined with his 6-10 wingspan allowed him to get within one inch of big man Blake Griffin, the No.

1 overall pick, on the touch-the-top-of-the-backboard test, per Mark Cuban.The folks in the Dallas front office are just as impressed by Beaubois' jets."He was milliseconds behind Devin Harris," Nelson said of Beaubois' performance in some of the pre-draft visit tests to measure quickness.

"He's just starting to scratch the surface."There were more NBA-ready players available when the Mavs went on the clock with the No.

24 pick.

For instance, Pitt SF Sam Young is a four-year college player who could crack the rotation as Josh Howard's backup right away.Nelson said the Mavs considered taking a player that with better odds to pay immediate dividends.

But by the time they pulled the trigger on yesterday's trade to move down two picks, they've decided that Beaubois was their target.Said Nelson: "At the end of the day, when you can get a young talent like that who has a chance to be something special ...

it was just too good to pass up."
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