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Vegas Summer League is fast approaching, and with the draft in the rear-view mirror, the roster is starting to take shape. Here’s a preliminary depth chart of all of the prospects confirmed for the team (in bold) and those invited to tryout for a spot in the Mavs’ mini-camp.
PG – Rodrigue Beaubois (Maverick U), Jeremy Lin (Harvard), Jermaine Beal (Vanderbilt)
SG – Dominique Jones (South Florida; drafted by the Mavs in 2010), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt; drafted by the Mavs in 2008), Kelvin Lewis (Houston), Jamel White (Texas Wesleyan), Andre Emmett (Texas Tech; drafted by the Sonics in 2004), Tony Crocker (Oklahoma), Dwight Lewis (USC)
SF – Larry Owens (Oral Roberts/Tulsa 66ers), Derrick Byars (Drafted by the Blazers in 2007), Eric Tramiel (North Texas), Roderick Flemings (Hawaii)
PF – Mouhammad Faye (SMU), Zivonko Buljan (TCU)
C – Omar Samhan (St. Mary’s), Moussa Seck (Senegal)
Hat-tip to Jeff Caplan and Scott Schroeder. You can view the Mavs’ Summer League schedule here.
You may notice that the Mavs’ two second round picks from last year, Nick Calathes and Ahmad Nivins, are both oddly absent. Calathes is prevented from playing in Summer League due to his deal with Panathinaikos Athens. Nivins would theoretically be cleared, but was sidelined with a knee injury while playing for Manresa last December. Mark Cuban confirmed via email that Ahmad is still rehabbing.
The roster could still change a bit between now and the end of mini-camp, particularly if any of the more skilled invitees decide to play for the Mavs. Most of the top undrafted players are already accounted for, but there are still plenty of prospects out there. Brian Zoubek (Duke), Mac Koshwal (DePaul), Devan Downey (South Carolina), Justin Mason (Texas), Courtney Fortson (Arkansas), Marquis Gilstrap (Iowa State), Tyler Smith (Tennessee), and Tommy Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma) all worked out for the Mavs and are unattached for Vegas, making them the more likely possibilities of the bunch.
Even if there aren’t any notable additions between now and the start of Summer League, there are plenty of interesting players in this bunch. Beaubois you already know, and it’ll be nice to get another look at him running the point full-time. Dominique Jones will make his Maverick debut, and I have a feeling a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised. Larry Owens is an interesting wing prospect coming to the Mavs by way of the D-League, and he’s capable of providing some scoring (including three-point shooting) and rebounding at SF. Omar Samhan and the 7’4” Moussa Seck provide two very different looks at center, but both will command your viewing attention when on the floor.
It’s still doubtful the Summer League team will produce any unknown talent worthy of making the Mavs’ roster this season, but there could be some training camp prospects in the bunch. Not to mention candidates for the Texas Legends. It’s not quite Maverick basketball, but this is going to be fun, folks.
The Mavs’ first and only selection in this year’s draft is the 20th pick in the second round, or the 50th pick overall. Odds are that Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban’s draft pick will never know what it means to be an NBA player. The D-League stints and European tours that will almost assuredly follow present an eternal divide between draft night and the true beginnings of a player’s NBA career; not every second rounder can find success like Marcus Thornton, DeJuan Blair, or Mario Chalmers. Due to the extremely finite number of roster spots in the league, a vast majority of second rounders won’t even get a legitimate shot at becoming an NBA mainstay. The divide isn’t made to be crossed, as the system itself works against prospects trying to make a name for themselves in the big leagues.
This year could be a little bit different, though. Armed with the Texas Legends, the Mavs can select a player late in the draft — or sign an undrafted rookie — and keep them in-house. Their development can be incredibly specific and carefully tracked, and proper appraisal against D-League level talent can be done using video and more advanced team-specific measures.
I don’t think it’s fair to expect immediate dividends from the Frisco D-League project, but this summer could be the first time the Mavs really put something into it. Maybe the selection will turn out to be lower-level talent in the D-League, and a world away from being able to produce on an NBA level. That’s fine. There is power in knowing, and that’s the benefit that owning a D-league team provides.
We’re able to get our first look at the types of players the Mavs are considering with the pick (or in free agency) by the workouts they’re conducting, and the first six players worked out by the Mavs are all guards. According to a report by Jason Dannelly of College Fanz, the Mavs worked out Jamel White, Tweety Carter, Tony Crocker, Jermaine Beal, Dwight Lewis, and Marquez Haynes on Monday (via the DMN). None of those six players is considered to be a true candidate for the 50th pick, as none are really registering on any draft radars. Nelson could surprise and select one of those six anyway, but based on their currently nonexistent draft stock, I’d say these workout players are more likely to be long-shot training camp filler or prospects for the Legends.
We’ll know more as the Mavs continue to work out more and more players, but for now, here’s a little bit of info and relevant 2009-2010 stats (both in per game and per 40 minute form) for each of the six prospects:
Senior SG, Texas Wesleyan
6’4”, 195 lbs.
24 years old (3-2-1986)
*Per 40 minute data not available because minutes played data not available. Thanks, Texas Wesleyan.
Senior PG, Baylor
5’11”, 185 lbs.
23 years old (10-25-1986)
Senior SG, Oklahoma
6’5”, 187 lbs.Sr,
23 years old (1-17-1987)
Senior SG, USC
6’5”, 215 lbs.
22 years old (10-7-1987)
Senior PG, UT Arlington
6’3”, 185 lbs.
23 years old (12-19-1986)
Senior PG, Vanderbilt
6’3”, 205 lbs.
22 years old (11-4-1987)
Stats courtesy of Draft Express, ESPN.com, and official team sites.