Mavs Close Summer With Quarterfinal Loss
The Mavs went into the summer-league quarterfinal riding a two-game win streak behind great play by Jeremy Tyler and Maalik Wayns alongside Powell and Anderson. Unfortunately for the Mavs, Anderson was the only one of those players that showed up on Saturday night, as the Mavs fell to Atlanta 91-83. Dallas shot just 39 percent from the field and was out rebounded 40-35 in the loss.
Justin Anderson is going to be a pretty good basketball player. The rookie poured in 23 points on nine of 15 shooting and pulled down six rebounds and was clearly the Mavs best player on the night. Anderson looks as though he has taken step forward, and hopefully he can be a part of the Mavs rotation when the regular season roles around. Anderson has all of the tools to be a quality addition to the Mavs lineup, as long as he can find his consistency. Now, lets not forget that Jae Crowder was a summer-league star for Dallas, too ... and these things can take time. ... but the general consensus is that Anderson can be superior to Jae at all just about all aspects of the game.
Dwight Powell struggled to find his shot for most of the game and finished five of 16 from the floor. Powell was the Mavs second-leading scorer as well as their leading rebounder, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds. In summer league, Powell has 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and has made some real progress ... while losing just one thing: a tooth knocked out on Saturday. If he can keep this level of play moving forward, Powell will make a push for some serious playing time behind the Big German.
Jeremy Tyler, who came into the game on the heels of three straight double-double performances, finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Tyler was the Mavs biggest surprise during summer league play, and is turning some heads in the Mavs front office. Tyler has show flashes of brilliance on both ends of the floor, and has been rebounding at a high level… something the Mavs ‘varsity’ squad desperately needs. We'll continue to monitor his chance of getting a camp invite. Meanwhile, astute DB.commers days ago made mention of the fact Mavs owner Mark Cuban follows two other big-man prospects on Twitter, Augusto Lima, a 23-year-old 6-10 Brazilian, and Salah Mejri, a 29-year-old 7-1 Tunisian.
Fish asked the Mavs about both guys this week and was told Dallas "hasn't decided yet'' if they merit real attention here. It's fair to say that Cuban's Twitter connection shouldn't be mistaken for anything official.
Maalik Wayns, who had strung together a couple of very effective games for Dallas, and was a major contributor to the two wins. Here, however, Wayns struggled, scoring just two points of one of eight shooting. With a crowded backcourt already in Dallas, Wayns would have a hard time finding playing time. And considering the Mavs roster needs at this point, we don’t see him making it on to Mavs regular season roster at this point.
Jordan Crawford finished with 17 points of his own, and while he has NBA experience. Is he the kind of shooter the Mavs front office will be looking to add to their camp roster before the start of the season?
As summer league came and went for the Mavs, it became very clear whom the Mavs wanted to feature moving forward. Anderson and Powell both played over 30 minutes a game of NBA level (well NBA level-ish) competition and both gained valuable experience being the alpha dogs of the summer league squad. It remains to be seen if they can elevate their play consistently enough to be valuable member of Rick Carlisle’s rotation, but if they can, the Mavs have the potential to inch towards being a deeper team next season.
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