Dallas Mavericks: How Tyrell Terry fits with the Mavs

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Dallas Mavericks, Tyrell Terry
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Dallas Mavericks guard Tyrell Terry’s strengths

Tyrell Terry has been touted as one of the 2020 draft’s best shooters. He connected 40.8 percent of his 152 3-pointers in his lone season at Stanford. Terry also averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He can manipulate screens to get open and is exceptional on catch and shoot opportunities.

According to USA Today, Terry set a new record in the basketball IQ test given by NBA teams. He has an excellent feel for the game and understands how to dictate the pace. In transition, the 20-year-old makes the correct decisions, whether it was passing to an open cutter or driving to the hoop for the finish.

Terry is an above-average passer with room to grow. His 3.2 assists per game are low but misleading. He has fantastic court vision and a plethora of passes in his bag. Couple that with a steady handle and unshakeable confidence to give Terry a potent offensive package.

His finishing is equally spectacular. The 20-year-old has a bevy of layup moves including a crafty reverse and a high bounce off the backboard. He finished 59 percent of his shots at the rim last season. Terry uses his body to adjust his layups a skill that should translate
to the NBA.

This mix of strong finishing and outstanding passing vision make him an ideal pick-and-roll initiator. He routinely abused other guards on screens to pull up from three. Terry constantly negated them from hedging and forced them to step up to guard him on the perimeter.

Due to his high catch-and-shoot numbers, the 6’3 guard can also move off-ball for easy corner threes or utilize off-ball screens to get open. That forces defenses to either let him shoot or have him blow-by for the finish.

Defensively, he looks engaged and tries his best to stay in front of his man. The 6’3 guard has active hands to disrupt passing lanes and can turn a steal into a fastbreak for quick transition baskets or a pull-up three.

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