After months of pondering the future of of an empty roster, there are now 15 newly christened members of the Texas Legends. Some of those 15 we know, and some of them we don’t, but with the draft now behind us, the Mavs’ D-League affiliate is beginning to come into focus.
Despite the public hiccup, Rashad McCants may be a Legend after all. His current inclusion on the roster represents more of a possibility than a certainty. Marc Stein reported for ESPN Dallas that McCants intends to pursue every possible NBA lead before reporting to Legends camp, and Percy Miller, McCants’ personal adviser, insists that there is legitimate NBA interest in the Rashad’s services.
Sean Williams is in, though. Absent are Mavs training campers Adam Haluska and Dee Brown, but in their place are a few former NBAers (yes, it’s that Antonio Daniels) and a few familiar faces (yes, it’s that Moussa Seck…as if there are others). Behold, your 2010-2011 Texas Legends:
|Name||Height||Weight||Age||Last Played for|
|Sean Williams||6-10||235||24||Hapoel Jerusalem|
|Rashad McCants||6-4||215||26||Sacramento (NBA)|
|Antonio Daniels||6-4||205||35||Minnesota (NBA)|
|Reece Gaines||6-6||198||29||Bakersfield (D-League)|
|Matt Rogers||6-10||225||22||Southwest Baptist|
|Justin Dentmon||5-11||185||??||Afula Israel|
|Kelvin Lewis||6-4||195||22||Houston (NCAA)|
|Moussa Seck||7-4||222||24||Mavs' SL|
|Curtis Terry||6-5||196||25||Petro Luanda (Angola)|
|Reece Hampton||6-5||195||??||Adams State (NCAA)|
|Keith Clark||6-8||203||23||L.A. (D-League)|
|Dar Tucker||6-4||193||22||L.A. (D-League)|
|Pierce Caldwell||6-3||200||??||Incarnate Word (NCAA)|
Only 10 of these Legends will comprise the actual opening day roster; in a rather cursory determination, I’d wager that Pierce Caldwell and Andre Gatlin, both products of the Legends’ open tryouts, are likely to be among the five players cut loose. Otherwise, I see McCants, Williams, Reece Gaines (whom the Legends acquired via trade), Daniels, and Seck as virtual locks to make the final roster, with Dar Tucker and Keith Clark not far behind.
It’s also worth noting that Kelvin Lewis attended the Mavs’ pre-Summer League mini-camp, but did not make Dallas’ or any other NBA team’s Summer League roster. Also, per Marc Stein, Curtis Terry is the Mavs’ own Jason Terry’s brother.
Here are some extra tidbits on the Legends, via the team’s press release:
- Matt Rogers was the Division II Player of the Year last season.
- Justin Dentmon, formerly of Washington University, was drafted in the third round. Dentmon spent last season playing for Afula Israel, where he averaged more than 20 points per game. In his senior year for the Huskies, Dentmon made 41.2 percent of his three-point attempts.
- Kelvin Lewis, who graduated from Houston University in the spring, will join the Legends after winning the Conference USA Tournament MVP during his last few collegiate games. Lewis averaged 15.5 points per game in his final season with the Cougars, and hit 39.7 percent of his three-point attempts.
- Booker Woodfox, the sixth round pick and Dallas native, also has D-League experience. After graduating from Creighton in 2009, Woodfox was picked up by the Erie Bayhawks midway through last season. The 6-foot-1 guard is known as a three-point threat, making 47.6 percent of his attempts from deep during his senior season at Creighton.