The Dallas Mavericks have a few players on their roster currently playing for their home countries in FIBA World Cup play. As we have seen the ridiculous statlines Luka Doncic has put up for Slovenia, one other player has been putting on a show that not many are talking about.
One of the most slept-on teams in FIBA is Team Australia, as they have several high-level NBA players like Josh Giddey and even Josh Green, who is also on the Mavericks.
But one other player on their FIBA World Cup team is set to play for Dallas in 2023, and he has been playing great.
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Dante Exum was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft but has yet to play an NBA game since the 2020-2021 season, where he played just six games with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the potential was there when Exum was drafted, which is why he was such a highly anticipated prospect.
While we haven't seen that in the NBA from him in some time, his play in the FIBA World Cup is speaking for itself, and people should start paying attention.
Exum played one of his best games against South Sudan on August 17, where he had nine assists.
Exum played the passing lanes well, especially in transition. His awareness of the open trailer in transition was great, displaying his decision-making skills. Exum pushes the ball in transition too, but he looks to pass first, which could hurt him sometimes when he needs to be aggressive.
He is a very willing passer, and the Mavericks need that. He had a couple of dribble pull-up attempts he could have shot but just refused to acknowledge that part of the game. His jumper was questionable when he came into the league, so there is a chance he won't be doing much of that with Dallas.
He can take bigs on mismatches off the dribble and finish at the rim as he did against Wenyan Gabriel in the South Sudan game.
Exum is looking at being behind a few guards on the roster when it comes to the depth chart. So, while it will be hard for him to fight for a big role on this team, his play in the FIBA World Cup for Australia is certainly helping him. Those are just some of the things he will bring to the Mavs.