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Mavericks: 3 players that must prove they belong in 2020-21

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Dallas Mavericks, Tyrell Terry
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Dallas Mavericks player looking to prove they belong: 3. Tyrell Terry

Terry still has not been in the NBA for a calendar year after the pandemic pushed the 2020 draft back to November. The 21-year-old missed out on his first summer league and had just a shortened training camp to get ready for his rookie season. The second-round pick was viewed as an elite shooter but a project coming into the draft, and he saw just 56 NBA minutes in his first year.

The pandemic also shortened and forced the G League season into a bubble, which limited Terry’s opportunities to get minutes last season. The 6’2 guard finally got a chance to play in the Las Vegas Summer League and was set to star for the Mavs roster, but he was limited to just two games because of a groin injury. The 21-year-old also spent extended time away from the team during his rookie season dealing with a personal issue. It has been a long and rough year for the talented prospect.

Terry enters his second year hungry for playing time and the chance to prove he can play a regular rotation role in the NBA. He will need to shine during training camp and likely impress in the G League before getting NBA rotation minutes. Can Terry knock down shots at a high clip and prove he can hold his own on the defensive end?