The Dallas Mavericks have a COVID outbreak on their hands. Four players and two assistant coaches have entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols in the last four days, and it could be far from over for Dallas. They are forced to sign replacement players to continue competing because so many players are out.
Theo Pinson and Marquese Chriss were signed over the weekend and played key roles in Tuesday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavs were missing eight players, including their top three scorers, but it did not matter. Jalen Brunson led them to an impressive victory at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks need more reinforcements, so they signed Carlik Jones on Dec. 22, according to Shams Charania. He is the first player Dallas has brought up from the Texas Legends this season, so what does he bring to the Mavericks?
Dallas Mavericks sign Carlik Jones to 10-day deal: What does he bring?
Jones has been on fire in the G League as he is averaging 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in 30.8 minutes per over ten games played. The 23-year-old rookie needs to improve his jumper, but he shines attacking the basket and finishing in traffic. He can also handle the ball and make plays, and supporters know the team needs another creator.
Jones was on the Mavericks Las Vegas Summer League roster where he was arguably their best player. The Mavericks stashed him in the G League, but now the 6’1 guard has a chance to prove he belongs in the NBA.
Jones needs to improve his defense, but he plays hard and knows how to win. The rookie could be the next small guard that shines in Dallas. Expect Carlik Jones to be in the rotation on Thursday night when the Dallas Mavericks host the Milwaukee Bucks. Can he keep getting buckets? Tune in to find out.