Candidate to fill Dallas Mavericks final roster spot: 3. D.J. Stewart Jr.
The Mavs brought six candidates to training camp to fill their two open positions. Even if they keep the final place on their 15-man regular season roster open, the Mavericks are likely to hand out their remaining two-way contract to ensure the best player from camp plays for the Texas Legends this season.
Most fans would favor Marcus Bingham Jr. for their final two-way spot as the 22-year-old rookie just finished up four years at Michigan State. The 6’11 forward has potential, but the Mavericks should be searching for a guard or wing that can handle the ball and be a tertiary playmaker.
Stewart Jr. edges Tyler Hall in the race among internal candidates for one of the Mavericks' final spaces. The 6’6 forward averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.1 steals over 36 games in the G League last season. The 23-year-old played two years at Mississippi State and went undrafted in 2021.
Stewart Jr. is a 6’6 lefty with the size and athletic ability to be a 3-and-D wing. He shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range last season, but his defense is a work-in-progress. There are flashes and plenty of potential, so maybe head coach Jason Kidd can bring the best out of him. If so, Stewart Jr. could snatch the team’s final roster spot or their open two-way contract during training camp.