3. Dexter Dennis
Dexter Dennis was one of the Dallas Mavericks' later training camp signings, but he is someone who could quickly become a part of the rotation due to his tenacious defense.
For the Texas Legends this season, Dennis is averaging 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game while shooting 36.8 percent from the field. Dennis has not been great offensively, and his 3-point shot is still a big question mark, but he has shown flashes that his jumper could come along.
Defensively, Dennis is excellent. He is 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan and has the strength to guard bigger players. He brings the type of energy that is contagious off the bench, and effort is never a question for him.
In an exclusive interview with The Smoking Cuban in October, Dennis gave fans a great look into the type of player he can be defensively. Dennis said he wants to do the "dirty work" for Dallas and knows that his role is going to be being a defensive stopper.
He got close with Luka Doncic over training camp, and his fit next to Doncic on the court is undeniable. Dennis could give Doncic some rest defensively and take the best defensive matchup on the floor while doing all the little things.
Dennis appeared in Dallas' loss to Memphis on Friday night and finished with four points. He also appeared in Dallas' game against Oklahoma City.