Dallas Mavericks Welcome Orlando for Final Preseason Home Game
With the NBA preseason winding down, the Dallas Mavericks host the Orlando Magic in their last home game before the regular season.
In just nine days, the Mavericks season will tip-off when the Atlanta Hawks come to Dallas on October 18th. Until then, the Mavericks will have three more preseason games against the Magic, Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets.
In their first three games, the Mavericks went 2-1 as they proved to have a slew of young talent. While a deep playoff run seems unlikely, this team should make for entertaining basketball in the upcoming season. Especially with the injury to Seth Curry, the Mavericks will be looking at their young players now more than ever.
Luckily, the Mavericks have two promising guards in Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell as well as two experienced guards in Devin Harris and J.J. Barea to hold down the fort in Curry’s absence.
The Mavericks have used this preseason time to test out their younger, newer players in the organization. Last year’s breakout guard, Yogi Ferrell, leads the Mavericks in preseason points per game with 12.0 to go along with 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
In the big man game, the Mavericks have seen strong preseasons from Dwight Powell and rookie Johnathan Motley. Powell, who had a shaky season with Dallas last year, averages 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game through the first three games.
As for Motley, the former Baylor Bear picked up right where he left off in the Las Vegas Summer League. In less than 12 minutes per game, Motley averages 8.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game.
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While the starters and significant role players on the team have received very little playing time in the preseason, the younger players have still been exciting to watch. Players such as Gian Clavell have proved their case as to how they could help this team win in the upcoming season.
Clavell, a rookie out of Colorado State, has seen over 28 minutes per game in the first three preseason games of the season. During his time on the court, Clavell has averaged 10.0 points, 5,5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.
As the NBA seasons inches closer and closer by the hour, make sure to get your Mavericks fix in tonight as the game tips-off at 8:30 ET on FSSW.
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