Although the Dallas Mavericks have opened up their summer league season with two consecutive losses against the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, there have been many positives. Now of course every team would like to win, but there are other goals that consist of allowing players to show off their talents and finding new homes in the NBA.
The player that caught the eyes of every MFFL this past week is A.J. Lawson. After coming off a great opening game against the Bulls with 28 points, six assists, and one rebound, Lawson continued to impress. Some fans believed that the Canadian's performance was a one-time thing and coincidental, but he proved it was quite the opposite.
Lawson showcased his talent again to the Mavericks front office and players in attendance with 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. The stat sheet doesn’t show it all though folks. The 6’6 slashing guard was playing great defense, pushing the ball up and down the court, and setting great screens on Monday night.
Why A.J. Lawson deserves a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks
In his two games with the Mavericks' summer league roster, Lawson has averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. He’s also shooting 53.3 percent from behind the 3-point line. The standout player is not afraid to get on the ground and dive for loose balls either.
Lawson can help players like Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock get a breather on the bench as well.
This may be something that the Dallas Mavericks are missing in their roster. Someone who is tall, lengthy, and athletic that will get the ball up the court quickly.
Currently, Tyler Dorsey holds one of the two-way contracts for the Mavericks, but the battle for the second spot is up for grabs and Lawson is making a great case for himself.
It’s rare nowadays to find young NBA players that can showcase their talent in a consistent manner. With athleticism, shooting, and defensive strengths Lawson brings to the Mavericks, he may just be the right fit for a two-way contract. The Dallas Mavericks face off against the Phoenix Suns tonight at 10 p.m. CT on NBA TV.