Games this week included wins over the Austin Toros (135-112), the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (111-103), and the Tulsa 66ers (110-99).
Joe Alexander, F, 23 (42 mpg, 0.38 fg%, 0.78 ft%, 13.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2 TO, 1.67 spg, 1.3 bpg, 0-2 3fg):
The former Bucks, Bulls, and Hornets forward seems to flash an all around game every game. His shooting percentage has dipped below 40% over the last few games, but when NBA call ups inevitably roll around Joe will likely be one of the first to go. Let it be known that he also leads the team in the vital "cheers from girls in the stands" category.
Sean Williams, F/C, 18 (28 mpg, 0.63 fg%, 0.80 ft%, 14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.4 apg, 2.33 TO, 0.67 spg, 3.33 bpg, 0-0 3fg): Sean continues to be the athletic freak he was at the Nets and always has been throughout his career. The Mansfield native is the classic energy player who feeds off the crowd and his teammate's success. Efficiency, put backs, and rebounding (offensive and defensive) continue to be his staple. Oh, and with almost three and a half blocks per game this week, you can't argue with that rim protection. Everyone is invited to Sean's block party.
Dominique Jones, G, 15 (30 mpg, 0.55 fg%, 0.84 ft%, 18.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.67 apg, 3.3 TO, 1.67 spg, 0.67 bpg, 2-4 3fg): Due to the veteran depth of the Mavericks, especially at the guard position, no one had to be terribly surprised when DoJo was designated for assignment. The rookie handled it as well as you can by getting the basket consistently, finishing at the rim, and limiting turnovers despite heavy usage. This week, he overflowed with confidence in his midrange game and let the game play to his strengths, as opposed to trying to force his way into the box score with limited minutes while in the NBA. For now, the Dr. Pepper Arena = The Dojo.
Antonio Daniels, G, 34 (33 mpg, 0.53 fg%, 0.91 ft%, 16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 7.3 apg, 2.0 TO, 1.0 spg, 0.0 bpg, 1-4 3fg): If there were a stat to indicate the best coaching extension of Coach Lieberman while on the court, Antonio would lead in that as well. While his stats present extremely efficient play this week (specifically 3.65 assist/TO ratio), the intangibles of AD's game are what sets him apart. It's clear who the veteran leader of the team is and when things were tight in the closing minutes against Tulsa, it was AD with his fingers on the pulse of the game.
Justin Dentmon, G, 32 (35 mpg, 0.46 fg%, 0.76 ft%, 18.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 3.0 TO, 0.67 spg, 0.33 bpg, 2-6 3fg):
One thing, of many, that Justin can always be counted on to do is get to the line. While consistent all year, Justin's game vs. RGV 21/8/2 is what bumps him up a spot or two on the list. The Legends have an absolutely stacked backcourt and guess who was the most statistically consistent out of them all this week? Here's one hint, it rhymes with Rustin Kentmon.
Rashad McCants, G, 21 (19 mpg, 0.59 fg%, 0.67 ft%, 12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.67 apg, 1.67 TO, 0.67 spg, 0.0 bpg, 3-7 3fg): Rashad finally saw action with the Legends as he reported to the team in time for the home opener vs. Austin. It was tough to find minutes in an already crowded backcourt, but when Rashad was on the court he was a scoring machine. He brought the house down on opening night with 20 points in 19 minutes including 3-5 from three. Word is he is heading to China as a team in the Chinese league is looking to buy out his contract. Good luck Rashad, and make sure you bring me back something "real nice.'' (That's right, a Cousin Eddie reference.)
Matt Rogers, F/C, 24 (16 mpg, 0.65 fg%, 0.80 ft%, 8.67 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 1.0 TO, 0.67 spg, 1.0 bpg, 0-0 3fg): After recovering from a brutal ankle injury that sidelined Matt the first 3 games, he's starting to find his wind and his form again. Absolutely beastly fg% this week and he had a particularly intriguing matchup vs. Tulsa while him and OKC draft pick Cole Aldrich were going at it in the post. Sorry for Cole's luck because Mr. Rogers got the best of the battle with 13 and 6.
Booker Woodfox, G, 11 (17 mpg, 0.41 fg%, 0.85 ft%, 9.0 ppg, 0.67 rpg, 0.67 apg, 0.0 TO, 1.67 spg, 0.0 bpg, 2-5 3fg): My man from Lewisville. Another casualty to a packed backcourt, Booker struggled to find minutes with the arrival of Jones and McCants as his average this week fell from last week's 25 mpg. That should change this week with the supposed departure of Rashad, but it didn't affect his solid ft% and overall effectiveness while on the court. Don't sleep on the NTX man.
Moussa Seck, C, 99 (10 mpg, 0.80 fg%, 1.00 ft%, 5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.0 apg, 0.0 TO, 0.0 spg, 1.5 bpg, 0-0 3fg): The Moose's minutes varied during this week's three games jumping around from 17 to DNP to 2. While on the court, he managed a pretty impressive fg% and block numbers. Oh, and he grabbed quite a few rebounds which people who are 7 feet 5 inches tall tend to do. All in all, it's good to see the big man getting some game action after finally being cleared to play and it never hurts to lead the universe in tallness.
Kelvin Lewis, G, 22 (14 mpg, 0.33 fg%, 1.00 ft%, 4.67 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 0.3 TO, 0.3 spg, 0.0 bpg, 2-9 3fg): I almost want to put "see above" as Kelvin falls into the same boat as Booker. Despite making no mistake from the free throw line, it's just a numbers game at this point with Kelvin seeing his minutes drop from 34 last week to 14 per game. He'll see more minutes as the season progresses though and no doubt he'll take advantage of it. On another note, my name is Kevin and his name is Kelvin… so we're basically best friends. So there's that.
This week's MVP: After careful, excruciating deliberation by the council of one, we come to you with this week's Texas Legends MVP. ….Mr. Joe Alexander! Dentmon, DoJo, and Sean provided close competition, but with his mpg and all around play, Joe displayed his overall value and takes that on the road with the Legends this weekend in Fort Wayne.