Dallas Mavericks player facing make or break season: 5. Tyrell Terry
The Mavs selected Terry with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but he played just 56 total minutes as a rookie. Terry did get 29.4 minutes per game in the G League, but the bubble season allowed for just 13 contests. His lights-out shooting from college hasn’t translated to the professional level, and he is a player without a defensive position.
Terry needs to prove he belongs in the NBA this season, or the Mavericks are likely to move on. The 21-year-old still has plenty of potential, but Dallas wants to win now. They cannot afford to wait three more years for him to be ready to contribute. The Mavs need players that can help them win a postseason series and having depth can be key. LA defeated Dallas last season in part because they were the deeper team.
Terry must prove he can knock down shots and impact an NBA game on the offensive end of the floor this season. He is ready to show he belongs but needs to do it on the court.
Expect Terry to get most of his minutes with the Texas Legends, but the Mavs want to see him stand out or his position on the roster could be in danger. Tyrell Terry’s contract is guaranteed through the 2022-2023 season, but the Mavericks will not be afraid to eat some money if they think it improves their chances of winning in the playoffs. Terry must step up to stay on the roster.