Winner from Dallas Mavericks 2022 preseason: McKinley Wright IV
The Mavs entered training camp with a roster spot and one two-way contract open, and they brought six players in to battle for those opportunities. Ultimately, nobody seized the team’s third playmaker role, so Dallas had to target a player outside the organization, but Wright IV played his way into the open two-way spot during training camp.
The 23-year-old had eight points, ten assists, and one steal in 22 minutes of action in the Mavs preseason-opening win over the Thunder where he showcased his ability to run the offense with Luka Doncic resting. The six-foot guard’s playing time was limited in the other two games, but whenever he got on the floor, Wright IV showcased his playmaking chops.
He is limited to 50 regular season games with the Mavericks on his two-way deal and is ineligible for the postseason.
Expect Wright IV to get the majority of his playing time with the Texas Legends in the G League this season. The 23-year-old averaged over 19 points per game in the G League last year, and he should be even better after battling for a spot throughout training camp. Expect him to be the Legends starting point guard and a key contributor as they attempt to get to the playoffs this season.
If McKinley Wright IV dominates the G League, can he push his way into the third guard role for the Dallas Mavericks? His development in Frisco is something to watch closely.