Predicting the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League points per game leader - Jaden Hardy
Jaden Hardy will lead the Mavs in points per game. Head Coach Jared Dudley has already made it clear that Hardy will be the go-to guy on offense. Dudley reportedly wants Hardy to take at least 18 to 20 shots per game.
Hardy is the most-established scorer on the squad and already has a vast offensive arsenal at 21 years old. He can get to the rim, score in the mid-range, and light it up from beyond the arc.
The second-year guard has already shown advanced patience when looking to score. Hardy can use his athleticism to throw it down over taller defenders or use change-of-pace to euro and side-step defenders at the rim.
Hardy's best attribute is his shot-making. He is comfortable scoring off-the-dribble and from a catch-and-shoot position. In the Summer League, look for Hardy to create a lot of shots using a wide array of moves.
Last season, Hardy averaged 8.8 points per game in the NBA and 28.8 points per game in the G-League.
Hardy's projected points per game: 23.5
Predicting the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League rebounds per game leader - Dereck Lively II
Whichever big plays the most minutes for the Mavs will be the rebounding leader. That big man should be the 12th overall pick Dereck Lively II, as he needs as many developmental reps as possible.
Lively II averaged 5.4 rebounds per game last year for the Duke Blue Devils. Although 5.4 rebounds per game may seem low, Lively II did so in only 20.6 minutes per game. As a high school senior, Lively II averaged 14 rebounds per game.
Look for Chris Silva to push Lively II for the Mavs rebounding leader. Silva will wind up averaging anywhere from 4 to 8 rebounds per game, depending on playing time. The former Gamecock averaged 9.3 rebounds per game last season playing for the College Park Skyhawks of the NBA G-League.
Lively II's projected rebounds per game: 8
Predicting the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League assists per game leader - McKinley Wright IV
The Summer League isn't typically a setting where elite passing is showcased. However, the Mavs have a point guard who plays beyond his years.
McKinley Wright IV averaged seven assists per game last season for the Legends. In 27 appearances for the Mavs, the third-year guard averaged 2.1 assists per game in limited action. At the end of the regular season, Wright IV did get some extended playing time. During the last two regular season games, Wright IV put up 3 and 4 assists in back-to-back games.
Wright IV does have some potential challengers. Look for Hardy to take on an expanded role as a playmaker. However, Hardy will first look to shoot rather than pass. Wright IV will be the one consistently looking to find open teammates.
Wright IV's projected assists per game: 5.5
Predicting the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League steals per game leader - Myles Burns
Steals will come early and often in the Summer League. As summer play tends to be less organized, turnovers increase.
A player who might not get a ton of action has a good chance of leading the Mavs in steals. That player is Myles Burns. Last season, while playing for Ole Miss, Burns averaged an astounding 2.4 steals per game in 27 minutes worth of action.
Among the top-15 steals leaders in college basketball last season, Burns played the fewest minutes among them. Look for Burns to make noise defensively, even if he only gets about 10-15 minutes per game.
Burns' projected steals per game: 1.8
Predicting the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League blocks per game leader - Dereck Lively II
Blocks may be the most obvious stat to project other than points. Lively II should easily lead Dallas in blocks per game.
The former Blue Devil averaged 2.4 blocks per game in his lone season at Duke. Lively II used his 7-foot-1 frame and his gargantuan 7-foot-7 wingspan to wreak havoc on the interior.
It would feel like a slight to not mention Kaodirichi Akobundo-Ehiogu or "Kao" for short. Kao averaged a ridiculous 1.6 blocks per game in only 10.5 minutes of action last season at Memphis. Look for Kao to make a difference on the interior if he hits the floor this summer.
Lively II's projected blocks per game: 3
Predicting the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League minutes per game leader - Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Jaden Hardy is the most obvious answer to lead the Mavs in minutes per game, but we'll go a different route here. Instead, we'll turn our attention to rookie first-rounder Olivier-Maxence Prosper.
Prosper is versatile and capable of playing either forward spot, which gives him an advantage to more playing time. In addition, Prosper is a difference-maker without having to have the ball in his hands.
The former Golden Eagle is an adept cutter and opportunistic scorer on offense. On defense, he plays with relentless energy and can defend multiple positions. Prosper is a player that coaches will forget to sub out due to his high energy and willingness to make the right play.
Prosper will certainly be an entertaining player to watch. And Mavs fans should get a long look at O-Max this summer.