Dallas Mavericks: Josh Reaves continues to show potential for the Legends

Dallas Mavericks Josh Reaves (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Josh Reaves (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks two-way wing Josh Reaves is getting after it on both ends of the floor for the Texas Legends this season.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Josh Reaves to a two-way contract after his strong performance in the summer league. The 22-year-old went undrafted out of Penn State but was known for his defense in the NCAA ranks. Reaves produced a strong highlight tape during his first pro action in Vegas.

His two-way deal allows him to play a maximum of 45 days with the Mavericks this season. Reaves will spend the majority of the year in the G-League with the Texas Legends.

He joined them when their training camp opened. The Legends are three games into their regular season. Let us take a look at the early returns from Josh Reaves.

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Home and home vs. Memphis

The Legends kicked off their season on Nov. 8 and 9 with a home-and-home set against the Memphis Hustle.

On opening night, Reaves played 38 minutes. He finished with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Reaves also led the Legends with 18 field goal attempts including 11 from 3-point range in the loss.

The 22-year-old followed that up with another start and 38 minutes of action. He produced 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. Reaves again led the Legends in field goal attempts with 22. Here is a highlight video from that game.

Reaves was asked to take on a larger offensive role because the Legends need someone to score. That is not his ideal game, though.

He is working on his 3-point shooting after hitting just 32.4 percent during his college career. Reaves will play well on the defensive end, but he needs that floor spacing element to earn consistent minutes in the NBA. His best fit is as a 3-and-D wing.

First W

The Legends had their third game on Wednesday evening. They picked up their first win of the year beating the Northern Arizona Suns 117-113. Reaves was limited to 21 minutes but still produced well. He finished with seven points, eight rebounds, and two steals.

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He has plenty of potential too. The 22-year-old will continue working on his craft with the Texas Legends this season. Dallas Mavericks fans should keep an eye on how Reaves is performing and progressing in Frisco. He could work his way into every night playing time with the Mavs like Dorian Finney-Smith and Yogi Ferrell have done in recent seasons.