The guards on the Mavericks Summer League roster
1. Jaden Hardy
Jaden Hardy is a 6-foot-4, 198-lb. guard who just turned 21 years old on July 5. According to ESPN, Hardy was the #2 recruit in his class coming out of high school.
He entered the NBA by way of the G League Ignite. The Mavs selected Hardy with the 37th overall selection in 2022. He went on to average 8.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in 48 appearances last season for Dallas.
Hardy's best attribute is his shot-making. While playing for the Texas Legends last season, he averaged 28.8 points per game, shooting 54.6% from the floor and 49% from three.
Look for Hardy to score in bunches in the Summer League. He can score using a vast arsenal of moves, from step-back threes to crafty finishes around the rim.
2. Mike Miles Jr.
Mike Miles Jr. is a 20-year-old guard out of TCU. He stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds. Miles Jr. is a local product, as he graduated from Dallas-suburb Lancaster High School in 2020. He went undrafted in the 2023 NBA Draft but signed a two-way deal with the Mavericks immediately after the draft's conclusion.
Miles Jr. possesses a well-rounded offensive game. He is a solid scorer from all areas of the court, although he prefers attacking the basket. In his Junior season, he averaged 17.9 points and 2.7 assists per game, leading TCU to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
3. Taze Moore
Taze Moore is a 25-year-old 6-foot-5, 195-lb. guard who played for the Texas Legends this past season. Moore is a late-bloomer amongst NBA circles, as he became noticed when he transferred to the University of Houston as a fifth-year senior when he helped the 2021-22 Cougars reach the Elite 8.
While playing for the Cougars, Moore demonstrated a well-rounded game, averaging 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. Last season with the Legends, Moore's all-around game continued to shine. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.
4. Nike Sibande
Nick Sibande was a late addition to the Mavs Summer League roster. He is a 6-foot-4, 185-lb. guard who last played for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Sibande excelled during his first three collegiate seasons when he played for the University of Miami, Ohio. Sibande came off the bench during his final two seasons at Pitt.
The Pitt product is an athletic guard who routinely gets out in transition looking to throw down emphatic dunks.
5. Chandler Vaudrin
Chandler Vaudrin is one of the less-heralded players on the Mavs Summer League roster. He stands at 6-foot- and weighs 210 lbs. Vaudrin played his initial collegiate seasons at Division II school Walsh College before finishing his career at Winthrop.
Vaudrin went undrafted in 2021 and has since played for the Canton Charge of the NBA G League and recently, the Edmonton Stingers of the Canadian Basketball League.
Vaudrin does it all on the basketball court. Although not the most efficient scorer, he affects the game in a myriad of ways. As a Senior for Winthrop, Vaudrin averaged 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists. He recorded 4 triple-doubles in his two seasons at Winthrop.
6. Jordan Walker
Jordan "Jelly" Walker's name may ring a bell. The 5-foor-11, 170 lb. guard was known amongst basketball fans when he became a part of the "Jelly Fam," a basketball collective known for performing a type of layup closely related to the finger-roll.
Walker played five seasons of college ball for three different squads: Seton Hall, Tulane, and UAB. His most successful seasons were his final two for UAB. Walker averaged over 20 points in both seasons at UAB.
The former UAB standout is especially lethal from downtown. He averaged 4.1 three-pointers per game as a senior while shooting 37.8% from distance.
7. McKinley Wright IV
McKinley Wright IV is a 5-foot-11, 192 lb. guard from the University of Colorado. The 24-year-old guard appeared in 27 contests last season for the Mavericks while playing on a two-way contract.
Wright IV scored 13 points in each of the Mavs' final two regular season games. He is a solid floor general who averaged 19.0 points and 6.8 assists per game in limited action for the Texas Legends this past season.
During his collegiate days, Wright IV took control of the Buffaloes' offense. He started 130 out of 131 games for Colorado and averaged more than 4.8 assists per game every season.