3 takeaways from Jaden Hardy’s summer league debut with Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Jaden Hardy
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Dallas Mavericks, Jaden Hardy
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Takeaway from Jaden Hardy’s 1st summer league game with Dallas Mavericks: 1. Pure scorer

Hardy proved he is a professional scorer. The Mavericks did a fantastic job of running him off screens to allow him to catch the ball going downhill, and his ability to attack the basket did not disappoint. He made some difficult finishes inside and took 11 free throws on Friday afternoon.

Hardy showed off some impressive moves in the mid-range as he sank two difficult step-backs in the fourth quarter. Fans can see one of them below.

The Mavericks rookie showcased his ability to score at all three levels. He averaged 19.5 points per game in the G League as a teenager. It should come as no surprise that Hardy gets buckets. There are no questions about his scoring ability. He must improve his shot selection and playmaking, but the raw tools are there.

Jaden Hardy put on a show in his summer league debut. Christian Wood was in Las Vegas and tweeted this about his new teammate.

It was an impressive performance from Hardy. He scored 28 points in his first game as a Maverick, and he is currently tied for the third-leading scorer in the Las Vegas Summer League.

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The 20-year-old is already looking like a steal at the 37th overall pick. He was invited to the green room and was expected to be a first-round pick. The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bring the best out of Jaden Hardy. He needs time to develop, but it was an impressive first game. Stay tuned to see where Hardy goes from here.