The Dallas Mavericks G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, were lucky to be one of the teams invited to the G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas this season. The event is an opportunity for G League players to show scouts from all 30 NBA teams what they can bring to the next level.
The Legends didn't qualify for the $100,000 bracket, but they did play two games. Here is a look at how the Legends performed in the G League Winter Showcase against the Westchester Knicks and the College Park SkyHawks.
Feron Hunt and Carlik Jones show why they are the real deal in comeback win over Knicks
Carlik Jones and Feron Hunt showed the NBA scouts at the G League Winter Showcase why they are ready for the NBA. They combined for 55 points as they propelled the Legends to a 110-106 victory over the Winchester Knicks on Monday.
Jones was amazing down the stretch in the fourth quarter as he sank 3-pointers and cut to the basket to draw fouls. He was able to take the lead with 32 seconds remaining in the game on this amazing layup.
The Knicks tried to get down the court quickly to get a quick basket and a foul after the layup, but Feron Hunt had different plans in mind as he cemented the game with a classic windmill dunk.
The top takeaway for fans is the Legends do not quit. Westchester got out to a quick 10-2 run to start the game, and the Legends look like they were about to throw in the towel at one point. They toughed it out and slowly crawled back into a position where they could win the game.
College Park dominates Texas Legends from deep
The Texas Legends almost didn't play Wednesday since their original opponent, the Raptors 905, wasn't allowed to come to the showcase due to COVID-19 restrictions. Luckily, the G League scheduled the College Park SkyHawks to play the Legends.
Before the game, it was announced that Carlik Jones would sign a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The 24-year-old rookie is more than deserving after averaging over 20 points per game during his time with the Legends.
Texas was in for a rude awakening as the Hawks dominated the Legends on the boards and from 3-point land. College Park shot 65 percent from beyond the arc and had 54 rebounds in the first half as they were up by 30 at halftime.
Feron Hunt seemed out of sync without Jones in the lineup. It was like seeing a completely different player out there on the court. Hunt turned the ball over five times and was one of six from beyond the arc. The Legends would lose by 52 to the SkyHawks 141-89 to conclude their Vegas trip.
The Texas Legends will kick off the second half of their G League schedule at the H-E-B Center against the Austin Spurs on December 28th. A fun fact for Dallas sports fans is the Dallas Stars minor league affiliate, the Texas Stars, play their home games at the H-E-B Center. Fans should tune in and enjoy the show after a holiday break.