The Dallas Mavericks assigned Jaden Hardy to the G League on Oct. 31 where he will stay for the Texas Legends season-opening set against the Austin Spurs this weekend. The 20-year-old guard played just ten minutes in the Mavs first six games, and the rookie needs time on the court to develop.
The Mavericks are believers in his talent. They traded back into the 2022 draft to select Hardy in the second round. It cost them two future second-round picks, but the Mavs were eyeing the 6’5 guard with their late first-round selection before they traded it to Houston for Christian Wood.
What should MFFLs expect from Hardy in the G League? Here is a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks assign Jaden Hardy to G League for season-opening games
Hardy played for the G League Ignite last season, so he is no stranger to the competition down there. He averaged 19.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes per game last season.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon noted that most of his minutes will come in the G League this season, and the 20-year-old will be looking to improve his efficiency and dominate the competition. Do not be surprised to see him average over 20 per game and put up some monster stats lines for the Legends.
Jaden will play with his brother Amauri in Frisco. The duo played together last season on the Ignite, and they will again be reunited on the Legends.
The Mavericks G League affiliate has a deep guard rotation entering the season with two-way options Tyler Dorsey and McKinley Wright IV playing next to Hardy in the backcourt. Expect to see them dominate as the Texas Legends look to get back into the playoffs for the second straight year.
Fans should keep an eye on how Jaden Hardy is performing in the G League, and what role the Dallas Mavericks have him playing down in Frisco. The 20-year-old rookie will certainly be fun to watch. Will he be handling the ball or be used as more of a score-first guard? It will be fascinating to see how he develops, so be sure to check out a few Legends games this season.