The Dallas Mavericks had their four-game winning streak snapped by the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Five victories in their last seven have overshadowed the team’s defensive issues. The Mavs have allowed 116 or more points in seven straight including over 130 three times. They are winning with elite offense, but the defense needs to improve.
Dallas made moves in the offseason to address the defense. They traded for Josh Richardson and James Johnson, drafted Josh Green and Tyler Bey, and signed Wesley Iwundu. None of those moves have made a massive impact so far, but the Mavericks have only played 28 games. The sample size with a healthy roster is significantly smaller, thanks to injuries and COVID issues, but they have everyone right now.
The Mavs sent Tyler Bey and two other rookies to the G League for additional playing time. Bey is standing out. He had a monster performance against teammate Tyrell Terry on Monday. The second-round pick followed it up with another on Feb. 16. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks rookie Tyler Bey produces must-see dunk in G League
Bey threw down a monster dunk in the closing seconds of the first half against Agua Caliente on Tuesday.
He is playing for the Salt Lake City Stars because the Texas Legends opted out of the bubble season in Orlando. Bey crashed the glass for a second impressive slam in the fourth quarter.
The 23-year-old finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes of action on Tuesday. He was eight of 13 from the field as he continues an impressive run inside the bubble. Bey’s rebounding and defense have been on display in Orlando. It caused Tim MacMahon to speculate after Tuesday’s game.
Coach Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks want to win. If Tyler Bey gives them the best chance to do that, expect him to play. The rookie is still developing his 3-point shot. He would have to fit in as a roll man over a floor spacer at this point. Is ready for that role in the NBA? Probably not, but the Mavs might give it a shot if their defensive struggles continue.
Tyler Bey is a player to keep an eye on moving forward. The Stars are back in action on Thursday against the Raptors 905. Fans can watch the game at 10:30 a.m. CT on ESPN-plus to get a closer look at the rookie. Stay tuned.