2016 Dallas Mavericks Orlando Summer League Roster Revealed
Earlier this morning, the Dallas Mavericks announced the full roster for the Orlando Summer League team.
The club has already arrived in Orlando and will be coached by Bob MacKinnon, who is the new head coach of the Mavericks D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
The team will practice through Friday and will begin the summer league season on Saturday morning.
- Darius Adams, G (Indianapolis)
- Brandon Ashley, F (Arizona)
- Vander Blue, G (Marquette)
- Laimonas Chatkevicius, C (South Carolina)
- Jaleel Cousins, C (South Florida)
- Andre Dawkins, G (Duke)
- Tyler Honeycutt, F (UCLA)
- Cory Jefferson, F (Baylor)
- Stevan Jelovac, F (Serbia)
- Giovan Oniangue, F (Rep. of Congo)
- Casey Prather, G/F (Florida)
- Satnam Singh, C (India)
- Marquis Teague, G (Kentucky)
Please note that A.J. Hammons and Justin Anderson will be playing in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Here’s some background on some of this team’s key players:
Leading this summer league squad, this National Champion from Kentucky will have the opportunity to show if he has what it takes to match his older brother Jeff, and if he can hang in the big time. Teague has prime leadership skills and will certainly be a benefit to this team in Orlando.
For the last two seasons, Teague has spent his time with the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s D-League affiliate. Last season, Marquis averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists per game. If he performs well, I believe Teague can be an asset to any NBA team, especially the Mavs.
Singh is a 7’2 center from India, who was selected by Dallas in the second round of last year’s NBA draft. From the beginning, the Mavericks front office explained that Singh was going to be a long-term project. With his size, he’s definitely an asset to the Mavericks farm system.
It’s being said that Singh has improved over the last year, as he’s developed a good shooting touch, but the Mavericks are still working on his mobility and are concerned if he can keep up with an NBA paced game.
Jefferson, being one of the most experienced players on this squad, will be looked to as a leader of this team and will be expected to produce at a higher level than others. Cory played four years at Baylor before being drafted by San Antonio in 2014.
Last season, Jefferson was a top player in the D-League, averaging 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the Bakersfield Jam. With a 7-foot wingspan and 37.5-inch vertical leap, Jefferson has all the tools to be a solid player in the NBA. As for weaknesses, Jefferson has struggled from the outside, but has been working on that element of his game. We’ll see if he can show us that improvement in Orlando.
This D-League All-Star averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, along with shooting 39.3 percent from behind the arch. Ashley played three seasons at Arizona and was an McDonald’s All-American, when the Mavericks showed interest in his game.
Some believe that Ashley’s future in the league is as a stretch four, as the game continues to get smaller and faster.
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Playing two years at South Florida, last season, he averaged 8.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game for the Bulls. Jaleel is the little brother of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. This 6’11, 255 pounder has a similar skill set to his big brother, but he is still only 22 years old, so he has a ton of developing to do.
Here’s the schedule for the 2016 Mavericks Orlando Summer League team:
Saturday, July 2: vs. OKC, 8 a.m. CT
Monday, July 4: vs. Orlando (White), 12 p.m. CT
Wednesday, July 6: vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. CT
Thursday, July 7: vs. Orlando (Blue), 12 p.m. CT
Friday, July 8: vs. TBD (Championship Day)
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