NBA G League roundup: Ranking the best Texas Legends performances of the week
The Texas Legends have had an up and down week where they won just one of their four games. They have been playing short-handed as injuries have forced the Dallas Mavericks to keep their two-way options. Still, the Legend are fighting hard and playing well.
A.J. Lawson made his Legends debut last Saturday against the OKC Blue and promptly went off for a 28-point double-double. He signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks in late December, and it was fantastic to see him finally get a larger opportunity in Frisco.
Here is a look back at the top four performances from last week by the Texas Legends, including plenty more on their last four games.
Texas Legends top performance of the week: 4. Hall gets hot
Tyler Hall could not miss on Saturday night as he led the Legends with 20 points off the bench in their 120-117 loss to the Mexico City Capitanes. Hall hit seven of his ten field goals, including going five of seven from 3-point range, in an incredible performance.
The 25-year-old signed with the Dallas Mavericks in September as a training camp invite. After clearing waivers, he was assigned to the Legends, and Hall’s shooting from behind the arc has helped Texas remain competitive this season.
Texas Legends top performance of the week: 3. Dorsey drops 25 on the Spurs
When the Dallas Mavericks recalled A.J. Lawson after Luka Doncic sprained his ankle, someone had to step up their scoring for the Legends, and Tyler Dorsey did just that against the Austin Spurs on Thursday night at the H-E-B Center. Dorsey finished with 25 points on nine of 16 shooting from the field, including sinking five 3-pointers.
The 6'4 guard originally signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks, but he was released in late December to sign A.J. Lawson. Dorsey cleared waivers and returned to the Legends shortly after where he continues to provide floor spacing and scoring in Frisco.
Texas Legends top performance of the week: 2. Hardy goes off
The Legends adjusted their starting lineup on Sunday afternoon by inserting Amauri Hardy. The 24-year-old brother of Mavericks rookie Jaden Hardy went off for 25 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in a 114-110 loss to the Capitanes. He was the team's leading scorer and playmaker on Jan. 29, and Hardy provided plenty of highlights.
Amauri Hardy was selected by the Texas Legends in the 2022 NBA G League Draft, and the rookie has mostly come off the bench this season. It was an impressive performance as a starter on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see if it earns Hardy more playing time moving forward.
Texas Legends top performance of the week: 1. Lawson makes immediate impact
When the Texas Legends desperately needed a win, A.J. Lawson delivered. He went off for 28 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 37 minutes of action in his debut against the OKC Blue on Jan. 21. The 6'6 wing did it all as he lifted the Legends to a 121-117 win.
Lawson has only played one game in Frisco because of the Mavericks' recent injuries, but that lone performance was worthy of the top spot in this week's rankings. What will Lawson do as an encore? Stay tuned to find out.