Candidate to fill Dallas Mavericks final roster spot: 2. McKinley Wright IV
Wright IV is the only point guard that heads into the Mavs training camp without a guaranteed contract. The 23-year-old appeared in five games with the Timberwolves last season as a rookie, and the six-foot guard put up some impressive numbers in the G League. He averaged 18.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 36.9 minutes per game.
The undersized guard can use his dribble to break down the defense. He has the speed and quickness to get inside and the craftiness to finish over larger defenders. Wright’s 3-point shot is improving and hit 34.3 percent from long range in the G League last season.
Wright needs to seize the third-string point guard job during training camp with a monster performance. He will be competing with Frank Ntilikina and Josh Green for a ball-handling role off the bench, but Wright IV is a more natural point guard. Can he use that edge to force the Mavericks' hand?
Dallas needs a ball-handler and McKinley Wright IV showed flashes during his rookie season. His defense and 3-point shooting are below-average, but the 23-year-old has put in a ton of work on both aspects of his game. Consider him the favorite for the team’s second two-way contract heading into training camp.