The Dallas Mavericks sent all four of their rookies to the G League bubble to get additional minutes. Each has stood out in Orlando, but no Maverick has been more impressive than Tyler Bey. The second-round pick is averaging over 15 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting the ball well and playing outstanding defense.
Bey faced his toughest test on Friday as the Salt Lake City Stars matched up against the G League Ignite. The Ignite is a mix of top draft prospects and NBA veterans. It is the league’s avenue to allow the best talents to skip college and become professional players, while still adhering to their draft rules. Would Bey be able to stand out against the Ignite?
The Mavericks rookie did not disappoint on Friday afternoon in a game that aired on ESPN 2. Here is a closer look at his performance, plus additional notes from the contest.
Dallas Mavericks rookie Tyler Bey goes off to help lift Stars over G League Ignite
Bey started his time inside the G League bubble with the Long Island Nets. The Texas Legends opted out, so the Mavericks had to find homes for their rookies. Bey played just six minutes in the Nets’ first game, so Dallas had him transferred to the Salt Lake City Stars. The 23-year-old has been incredible since the switch.
See his highlight package from Friday’s game below.
Bey finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and two steals against the Ignite. He was six of 12 from the field as the Stars outscored the opposition by 16 points during his 30 minutes on the floor. Bey’s rebounding, shooting, and defense have been impressive inside the bubble. The Mavericks could have a second-round steal on their hands.
Josh Green struggled against the Ignite. The first-round pick finished seven points, four rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes of action. Fans should not worry as the games come quickly inside the Orlando bubble. Chalk it up to an off night.
Dallas Mavericks supporters should keep an eye on the G League bubble to see how the team’s rookies are developing. Stay tuned.