Mavs/Legends Look At Dominique Jones As PG

"Dominque Jones, thank you for what you did at practice today,'' tweeted Legends coach Nancy Lieberman on Thursday. "Huge growth moment for you and us!'' What does she mean? She means that Mavs rookie prospect DoJo might just be turned into a point guard. … We explain in this week's Down on the Farm Legends Report:

The Texas Legends, the Mavs' Frisco-based D-League club, are losing 35-year-old point guard Antonio Daniels to a hand injury that could eliminate him for six weeks.

A solution?

Smile

See if DoJo can play the point.

The Mavs – and Lieberman – think highly of Dominique's ability as a passer and as a student of the game. Meanwhile, Roddy Beaubois is still unability to practice, and may or may not someday be able to play PG.

So (between Nancy's words and Marc Stein's guidance) we understand that DoJo is about to get a chance to prove himself on the minor-league level … at a new position … in a major-league way.

Now, to this week's evaluation of DoJo and the team and its week:

Well, remind us to never mention any winning streaks or home-court advantages again because apparently it will jinx the team into immediately losing on both fronts. We'll take the blame for this week, which saw the team go 1-2 since the guys clearly performed well enough to win all three. Games this week included losses @ Fort Wayne (110-119) and vs. Tulsa (116-130), sandwiching a win @Fort Wayne on the second day of a back-to-back (118-109).

The good news is the Legends have no problem scoring; the bad news is neither do their opponents.

Here's the DB.com exclusive: The Down On The Farm Report … from Dominique Jones to the rest … On to the Legends' player evaluations! (Stats are weekly averages)

Joe Alexander, F, 23

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

44.0

18.0

60%

0%

0-1

6.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

5

Alexander suffered from some kind of foot injury that plagued him all week which led to his playing in only one game, the first at Fort Wayne. He had his usual "all over the place" game with 18/6/3, a steal, and a block, so I'll ignore the 5 turnovers for now. This week though, the point is that with an injured/DNP Joe Alexander, the Legends went 1-3 while going 5-0 with him healthy and in the line-up. This much is clear: The Legends are a much more effective team with Joe's game, hair, and tights on the floor.

Sean Williams, F/C, 18

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

38.0

17.7

64%

73%

0-1

12.7

0.3

0.7

2.3

9

Sean took his vitamins this week. The Mansfield Man had games that included performances of 27/17 and 11/16. He had two games where he had three blocks. He had a vicious dunk from a pass off the backboard against Tulsa. Oh, and he found himself on the list of GATORADE Call-Up Candidates this week. If the goal is to get called up to the NBA, then Sean is clearly on his way. Yea, he did alright these past few days…

Dominique Jones, G, 15

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

29.5

14.0

43%

80%

2-5

5.0

4.5

2.0

0.0

3

DoJo also had a nick (back injury) this week that kept him out of the second game of the Fort Wayne back-to-back. His efficiency took a little bit of a hit with drops in FG% and FT%, but his assist and rebound numbers were both on the rise. The drop in his true shooting percentage isn't a good thing, but we can forgive him as long as we see the all-around game of which he is capable. The guard play for the Mavs is still strong and their depth hasn't come into question, so Jones will be with the Legends for the foreseeable future, which Frisco fans are okay with because they love watching the future Maverick play. … at any position.

Antonio Daniels, G, 34

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

41.0

17.3

46%

96%

2-5

4.7

9.0

1.7

0.0

9

Antonio will be missed. AD had kept up his steady play all across the board and continued to be the extension of Coach Lieberman on the floor. He even showed some of his veteran grittiness by toughing out an ankle injury on Tuesday and trying to keep the Legends in the game.

Justin Dentmon, G, 32

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

34.3

15.0

44%

91%

1-10

2.3

2.7

1.3

0.0

6

Despite a drop in 3-point shooting this week, Justin Dentmon had a solid few games. As always, he put up good weekly numbers, but he also displayed a few intangibles that don't always show up in the box score. He showed he can step into the PG slot and push the tempo. When AD was running the point, the team took a more methodical approach to the offense, but when Justin is handed the keys, the pace of play seems to go up a notch.

Matt Rogers, F/C, 24

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

18.3

12.7

56%

69%

1-2

6.3

0.0

1.0

1.7

11

With Joe Alexander taking a seat for a couple games this week, the main beneficiary of minutes was Rogers. This was good for two reasons. First, the extra minutes gave Matt a chance to loosen up some after coming back from injury. He looks much more comfortable taking his shots and playing his brand of game as of late. Secondly, he was a beast with his extended minutes. In the last two games of the week, Matt averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and had a FIVE-block game. Consider him recovered.

Booker Woodfox, G, 11

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

27.0

16.3

50%

100%

9-16

1.0

0.7

0.7

0.0

3

Let's get one thing straight here. Booker Woodfox has the coolest name in town. It also helps when he shoots 50% from the field for the week and hits 56% of his 3-point attempts. Booker can flat out shoot, and that's something you can expect from him every night. From a Mavericks fan's perspective, we can't help but compare him to Jason Terry. He is the Legends' shooting specialist who provides instant offense off the bench (Minus the jet-wings of course).

Rece Hampton, F, 41

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

28.0

13.0

73%

0%

1-5

7.7

1.3

1.0

0.3

4

If Matt Rogers is the No. 1 recipient of extended minutes due to Joe Alexander's minor injury, then Rece Hampton is No. 1B. With all players on hand in the first Fort Wayne game, Rece "Hardhat" Hampton played only 3 minutes, but 44 and 37 minutes in the next two games respectively. In case you haven't seen Rece play, his nickname fits his style perfectly. When given time, he is a monster on the offensive glass and makes all the un-glorified hustle plays necessary for his team to win. Hustle goes up 1000% when Hardhat is in.

Kelvin Lewis, G, 22

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

15.3

5.3

30%

100%

3-11

1.0

1.0

0.0

0.0

2

Kelvin continues to stand out with his consistency. The former Houston Cougar can give you 20-30 minutes every night, be a threat from deep, and won't make mistakes. He knows his role but can also step beyond that whenever asked. His Mavericks comparison is DeShawn Stevenson but with more of an offensive mindset. It would be interesting to see how he would perform if put into more of a playmaking role.

Moussa Seck, C, 99

MPG

PPG

FG%

FT%

3FG

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

Tot TO

3.3

2.0

75%

N/A

0-0

0.7

0.0

0.0

0.0

0

This wasn't the busiest of weeks for the Moose, who saw only 10 minutes of action. There aren't too many minutes left to go around once you run through the list of quality players, and this week Seck was the casualty of numbers. The following things are what Moussa needs most: 1. Consistent effort and 2. An extremely customized bed for a 7-5 body.

This week's MVP: This week was another tough decision for the MVP choosing committee. There wasn't much protest once a decision was made though, as we continue to be the judge and jury. A couple of absolutely monster games make Sean Williams this week's Texas Legends Most Valuable Player. Congrats Sean.

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Friday, Dec 17 @ Dakota Wizards (featuring DeMarre Carroll of the Memphis Grizzlies) – 7:00 pm CT

Saturday, Dec 18 @ Dakota Wizards – 7:00 pm CT


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