Dallas Mavericks Start Tournament Play as the 3-Seed

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Yogi Ferrell
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Yogi Ferrell /

The Dallas Mavericks will look to continue their summer league success tonight as tournament play starts against the Sacramento Kings. Dallas enters the tournament as the 3-seed, one of six teams without a loss in Vegas.

The Dallas Mavericks continue to win night in and night out in this year’s summer league play. Dallas was led by Jonathan Motley, Ding Yanyuhang, Dwight Buycks, Jameel Warney, and others on their way to a 5-0 record and the championship of the Orlando league.

The Mavs followed that up with 3 wins in pool play leading up to the Las Vegas Summer League tournament that began yesterday. The #3-seeded Mavericks got a bye in the first round while waiting to see who came out between the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Ding Yanyuhang
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Ding Yanyuhang /

Sacramento ended up beating Milwaukee 69-65 and the rookie matchup of De’Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr. is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 CT. Fox and Junior are two of the 5 point guards that were selected in the top 10 of the 2017 NBA Draft and many people believe that both of them could have been picked higher than they actually were.

De’Aaron Fox did sit out Sacramento’s game yesterday, as did Buddy Hield, Harry Giles, and Malachi Richardson. The Kings were led by Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis, along with rookie, Justin Jackson.

Dallas has been led by incredible play from rookie point guard, Dennis Smith Jr. as well as 2nd year point guard, Yogi Ferrell, and 2nd year Mavs wings, Nicolas Brussino and Dorian Finney-Smith. Dallas looks to continue their winning ways and compete for the Vegas summer league title over the next 5 days.

Some people to keep an eye out for Dallas, aside from the obvious, are Ding Yanyuhang, and Jonathan Motley. Both these guys have played well in both Orlando and Vegas and are garnering serious looks from NBA teams almost assuredly.

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