Summer is in the air. It's one of the most exciting times in the NBA despite the lack of games being played. The NBA draft just concluded, free agency is beginning, and the new crop of rookies get to suit up for the first time in their new threads, with some familiar faces competing as well.
But luckily, the summer isn't completely void of NBA action.
The NBA Summer League begins July 3 with games being played in Sacramento and Salt Lake City. As for the Mavericks, their set of games begin on July 8 in Las Vegas. And on Thursday, June 28, the Mavs released their Summer League roster, as seen below.
The Mavs' Summer League roster is highlighted by players Jaden Hardy, Dereck Lively II, and Olivier-Maxence Prosper and coaches Jared Dudley and Tyson Chandler. Here's a full roster list.
Dallas Mavericks 2023 Summer League roster: Who is playing for the Mavs?
1. Marcus Bingham Jr., PF, Michigan State (22 years old)
2. Myles Burns, SF, Ole Miss (23 years old)
3. Jaden Hardy, PG, Dallas Mavericks (20 years old)
4. Braxton Key, PF, Vaqueros de Bayamón (26 years old)
5. AJ Lawson, SG, Dallas Mavericks (22 years old)
6. Dereck Lively II, C, Dallas Mavericks (19 years old)
7. Mike Miles Jr., PG, Dallas Mavericks (20 years old)
8. Taze Moore, SF, Texas Legends (24 years old)
9. Olivier-Maxence Prosper, PF, Dallas Mavericks (20 years old)
10. Brandon Randolph, SG, Austin Spurs (25 years old)
11. Chris Silva, C, College Park Skyhawks (26 years old)
12. Chandler Vauldrin, PG, Edmonton Stingers (26 years old)
13. Jordan "Jelly" Walker, PG, UAB (23 years old)
14. McKinley Wright IV, PG, Dallas Mavericks
Hardy is a player all Mavs fans should be familiar with. He Dallas' second-round pick last year. The youngster had multiple great showings last year for the Mavs, as he went on to average 8.8 points per game off the bench. Hardy has the potential to lead all Summer League players in scoring.
The Mavs selected Lively II with their first pick in the NBA draft. He is a relatively raw talent from Duke, only playing 20.6 minutes per game and scoring just 5.2 points per contest in his lone season with the Blue Devils. But Lively II is an active defender and a fantastic athlete. He averaged 2.4 blocks per game in his limited time. Look for Lively II to make highlight plays this summer.
With their second first-round selection, the Mavs took Prosper, as they traded intro the draft to pick him, acquiring Richaun Holmes along the way. Prosper seems like a perfect fit, no matter where he plays. He excels on defense, as he can cover up to three positions. On offense, Prosper may take some time to find his niche, but his hustle and tenacity will immediately stand out.
Finally, the coaching staff has some surprises. Jared Dudley has been with Mavs since his retirement in 2021. He gets his first shot at coaching the Mavs Summer League team as Greg St. Jean, who coached the Mavs Summer League team last season, is no longer a part of the coaching staff.
Tyson Chandler is the other big surprise here. Since 2021, he has been a player development coach for the Mavs. Now, it looks like it's Chandler's time to shine as he looks to take Lively II under his wing. Seemingly enough, the Mavs envision Lively II as a Chandler 2.0.
Get ready to watch Lively II and Co. on Saturday, July 8 at 2:30 p.m. as the Mavs take on 2023 10th overall pick and Dallas native Cason Wallace and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their first Summer League game.