4 non-guaranteed players that could make the Mavericks' final roster

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2. Jordan "Jelly" Walker

Jordan “Jelly” Walker was one of the more impressive performers on the Mavs’ Summer League roster this July in Las Vegas.

After he didn’t really get the initial opportunities he wanted, the former "Jelly Fam" sensation filled up the box score for Dallas as the primary shot creator in the last few games. He scored 22 points against the Atlanta Hawks in the Summer League on a hyper-efficient 58.3 percent field goal percentage and really controlled the pace of the game for Dallas as a floor general.

Walker was the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2022 when he played for UAB and averaged over 22 points per game last season. At 5-foot-11, Walker has defied expectations his entire career to make it up to this point. He’s a very dynamic shot creator and knows how to create space to fire off 3-pointers and mid-range jump shots.

Walker has played relatively well thus far in the Mavericks' two preseason games versus Minnesota in Abu Dhabi. He's only gotten in toward the end of the game as has been the case for most of the Exhibit 10 and two-way players, but he's produced as a big-time shot-maker when the game got tight during both fourth quarters in Abu Dhabi.

However, with the Mavericks being overstaffed at the guard position, only time will tell if Dallas’ front office places more importance on bringing in a player that fits better or just the better overall talent. If it’s the latter, Walker may have the best case out of any of the Exhibit 10 guys who are in training camp right now to slide into the final two-way roster spot that Dallas has.

If he can continue to improve his playmaking and defense, Walker could find himself on Dallas' final roster.