As noted, Jaden Hardy showed a ton of potential this past season with the Dallas Mavericks. He was a capable scorer when called upon, and there were times when he flashed some actual star power.
But for all the great games he had, there was an inefficient one. With every 10-for-18 game, Hardy had a 5-for-17 game waiting right around the corner.
Then, when Summer League rolled around this offseason, the Mavericks entrusted Hardy with the keys to the squad. And while that doesn’t sound like a big deal, it was the perfect chance for him to get some reps in.
Unfortunately, while Hardy did make an impact in the scoring column, he was woefully inefficient throughout the course of the event. In three games, the point guard shot 35.2% from the field and 24.1% from behind the three-point line.
On a rebuilding team, inefficiency doesn’t matter as much. Players are growing, the team is growing, and winning games doesn’t usually take priority over development.
In Dallas, that simply is not the case.
The Mavericks are pushing all their chips onto the table in an attempt to help Luka Doncic win a championship, and if their backup point guard is as inefficient and inconsistent as Hardy can be, that could hurt them.