The Dallas Mavericks traded Seth Curry for Josh Richardson and a second-round pick on draft night. They wanted to improve their perimeter defense. The Mavs used the pick to select Tyler Bey out of Colorado. The 6’7 wing was one of the best defenders in the NCAA last season.
Bey is an end-of-the-bench option for the Mavericks. He played a total of 13 minutes before being sent to the G League bubble. Bey is on a two-way contract, but the NBA eliminated the maximum days that can be spent with the parent team for this season. Dallas wants him to get more minutes, so he can continue his development.
The Texas Legends opted out of the G League bubble in Orlando, so Bey was assigned to the Long Island Nets. He did not get significant minutes, so the Mavericks had him moved to the Salt Lake City Stars where the rookie has taken off. Bey had another incredible performance on Feb. 21.
Dallas Mavericks rookie Tyler Bey has double-double in G League bubble
Bey went to work on Sunday against the Canton Charge including an impressive post up possession in the second quarter.
The 23-year-old rookie finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. He was eight of 15 from the field including hitting two 3-pointers. Bey is now averaging over 15 points and eight rebounds during his time in the G League bubble.
He drafted for his rebounding and defense. The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to transform him into a game-changing 3-and-D wing. Bey’s outside shooting is a work in progress. He is an NBA-ready defender and rebounder, though. Do not be surprised to see him get a shot later this season, especially if the Mavs defensive issues persist.
His play in the G League has been outstanding. Could it lead to minutes in Dallas? Stay tuned.