Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, announced during the summer league game against the Milwaukee Bucks that the Mavs have signed Jonathan Gibson.
The Dallas Mavericks have had an up and down Summer League so far. After going 2-3 in the Orlando league with most of the guys just looking to crack a training camp or catch the eye of owners and coaches around the league, the Mavericks are now 2-2 in the Las Vegas league.
The games in Vegas have been a lot more exciting because of the chance to see players that we expect to see suiting up for Dallas in the coming season. Guys like Justin Anderson and A.J. Hammons have been names we have all been looking forward to seeing play but were expected to do well.
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Other names like Kyle Collinsworth and Perry Ellis dominated headlines as great college players with a chance to make the roster but have not played as well as they could and may be missing their shot because of it.
Through all the players and potential the Mavericks brought with them to the summer league, one name that was hardly even mentioned is Jonathan Gibson. Gibson didn’t seem to mind the lack of recognition because his stellar play has landed him a spot with the Mavs this coming season.
During the summer league game today against the Milwaukee Bucks, Mark Cuban said that Dallas had signed Jonathan Gibson to a contract. Minutes later, Shams Charania confirmed the claim from Cuban:
This report gave us a chance to take a look at Gibson’s basketball history and how he got to where he is today.
Jonathan Gibson is a 6’2” 28-year old guard originally from California. After his high school years at Calvary Christian High in San Fernando, Jonathan Gibson went on to New Mexico State University where he played all 4 years.
Gibson averaged nearly 12 points per game in his college career including 17.5 per game in his senior season. He wasn’t really on the court to do much other than score, but he did that well. After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, Gibson decided to go play overseas for a few years.
Playing in China last year, Gibson averaged 42 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 40.9 minutes over 36 games for Qindgdao Double Star. No matter where you are playing in the world, that is a lot of points and a solid stat line.
Don’t expect Gibson to have anywhere near that impact for the Mavericks this year but it is good to see Dallas filling out the roster with capable talent that could easily see time in the rotation for Rick Carlisle. Keep an eye on Gibson again later this week as the Mavericks will face off against the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round of the Summer league playoffs.