1 Current NBA comparison for every Dallas Mavericks rookie this season

The Dallas Mavericks have a solid group of rookies heading into next year, so let's discuss a current NBA comparison for each one.
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Jordan "Jelly" Walker pro comparison: Patty Mills, Atlanta Hawks

Jordan "Jelly" Walker is a gunner. In his senior season at UAB, he averaged a ridiculous 4.1 threes made per game. He can shoot it off the dribble or off the catch.

Another well-known undersized NBA gunner is former Brooklyn Nets and current Atlanta Hawks guard Patty Mills. Mills, like Walker, is an undersized guard who looks to score rather than pass.

Mills is slightly taller, standing 6-foot-1, than Walker who is 5-foot-11, but both players are on the lighter side, near 180 lbs.

Neither Mills nor Walker relies on athleticism to score. If either player drives past their defender, they look to pull up before the help defender or use a floater to score over larger interior defenders.

Where both Mills and Walker make their mark is from beyond the arc. Both guards have quick releases and elevate more than the typical three-point marksman. During Mills' last season with ample playing time, he averaged 2.8 three-point makes per game

On defense, neither of the undersized guards are plus defenders. Mills has never averaged more than a steal per game but does compete on the less glamorous end.

Whenever Mills plays defense, he does so with gusto. Most NBAers would likely consider Mills a pest on defense. Jelly falls under the "pest" category on defense, too. He is a quick-twitch athlete who will bug the opposing guard while stepping into the passing lane from time to time.

Like Miles Jr., Walker joined the Mavs as an undrafted free agent. If Walker can carve a career like the former second-rounder Mills, then that'd be considered a success.