The Dallas Mavericks signed Nate Hinton as an undrafted free agent. He played well during his two years at the University of Houston, but his inconsistent jumper and lack of playmaking ability dented his draft stock. The Mavs inked him to a two-way contract just minutes after the draft.
Hinton struggled to find playing time as a rookie. He earned just 93 total minutes, which mostly came at the end of blowouts. Hinton played well in the G League bubble but struggled to knock down jumpers. The 22-year-old is still a work-in-progress for the Mavericks.
A new head coach is in charge of the Mavs development. Rick Carlisle resigned after the team’s second straight playoff exit. Owner Mark Cuban hired Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd to fill the role. Hinton is just one of the many players Kidd will be trying to improve, but the rookie got the best of the Hall of Famer on July 21.
Nate Hinton knocks out Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd
Hinton and Kidd were helping children hone their basketball talents at a camp. The duo got competitive when a game of knockout broke out. See the hilarious results below.
Hinton let Mavs fans know his philosophy via Twitter after the clip was posted.
That competitiveness could be the key to the 22-year-old cracking the rotation this season. Nate Hinton will be looking to prove himself during summer league and training camp. It will not be easy to break into the Dallas Mavericks rotation, especially if they make upgrades this offseason. Hinton will likely feature mostly for the Texas Legends as he continues to develop. Do not count him out for making an impact, though.
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd loves to compete. It will not be the last time fans see him taking on a player. Dallas is looking to jump into title contention, and Kidd’s ability to develop talent will play a key role there. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.