With training camp a little over a month away and the draft and free agency behind us, the state of the NBA is in limbo. The once-busy offseason has slowed down, and fans are looking forward to the impending schedule release and the start of the NBA season in October.
Currently, countries across the world are competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Most notably, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is competing for his home country of Slovenia.
However, rather than sticking to the present, let's take a look at what the future holds in Dallas.
Comparing every Dallas Mavericks rookie to a current NBA player
Throughout the offseason, Dallas has made numerous moves to improve their squad. And in the NBA, improvement in the offseason begins with the draft.
The Mavericks selected Duke big man Dereck Lively II with the 12th overall selection after trading down from the ten spot. Later, Dallas picked up Marquette forward Olivier-Maxence Prosper with the 24th overall selection. It was yet another draft pick acquired via trade, this time from the Sacramento Kings.
After the draft was complete, the Mavs remained busy, scouring the remaining draft entrants to sign to free agent contracts. Dallas ended up signing a pair of guards in TCU's Mike Miles Jr. and UAB's Jordan "Jelly" Walker.
Mavs fans were given a glimpse of what these rookies can provide in the NBA Summer League. Last month, Mavs veterans and rookies came together to lead Dallas to a 4-1 record, with a positive 8.2 win differential.
As for the rookies, Lively II proved to be a valuable, yet limited contributor. He averaged 8.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while making 68% of his 5.0 attempts per game. Fellow first-rounder Prosper demonstrated his 3-and-D potential. He held averages of 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game.
The two undrafted free agents, Miles Jr. and Walker, showed out in the Summer League. Miles Jr. proved to be a steady hand at point guard while averaging 12.2 points and 3.8 assists per game. Walker, on the other hand, didn't appear in the first contest but came out firing as soon as he hit the hardwood. Jelly averaged 15.7 points while making an astounding 3.3 three-pointers per game.
The Summer League was just a sneak peak of what these rookies can do. Here, we'll provide pro comparisons for each of the four rookies on the Dallas roster.