Dallas Mavericks training camp is beginning in just a few days, and fans will finally get to see their favorite players officially take the floor on October 5 for Dallas' first preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Abu Dhabi.
This offseason has felt endless, and fans will get to see the new-look Mavs team shortly.
Until then, fans have training camp to be excited about to see which Mav takes the biggest jump up the rotation. Nothing is guaranteed, and someone who was expected to be a bench piece could play their way into the starting lineup.
7 Mavericks players looking to make a name for themselves at training camp
With so much on the line at training camp, some players will be going their absolute hardest, as camp can draw the line between them making the team or not. Camp is different for everyone, and every player has something to prove.
Here's a list of seven players who will be looking to make a name for themselves at training camp this year.
7. Derrick Jones Jr.
Derrick Jones Jr. is clearly an established player heading into his seventh season, but this training camp with the Mavericks could determine how much they are going to lean on him. Dallas signed him to a one-year deal, and he could turn into the 3-and-D wing that the Mavs need.
Dallas desperately needs wing defense off the bench, and he and Olivier-Maxence Prosper will likely be battling for minutes.
Last season for the Bulls, Jones Jr. averaged 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. He is an excellent defender in space, and he has the ability to guard multiple positions.
If Jones Jr. shows off excellent perimeter defense and can knock down open looks provided by Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, he should have no problem playing minutes early for this team. If he struggles in camp, someone like Prosper could take his minutes.