Rookie A.J. Hammons and second-year player Justin Anderson highlight the players who will compete for the Dallas Mavericks in the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Hammons, a 7-foot center out of Purdue, was the No. 46 overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft. And after a slow start, Anderson came on strong late in his rookie campaign.
Jamahl Mosley will be the head coach of the Mavs’ summer league squad.
A total of 24 teams, which also include the NBA D-League Select squad, will be competing for the top prize in Las Vegas.
The Mavs’ first game in Las Vegas is Saturday at 9 p.m. against the Miami Heat. The Mavs next face the Toronto Raptors on July 11 at 5:30 p.m., and the Boston Celtics on July 12 at 5 p.m.
From there, all teams will be re-seeded and start a tournament-style play on July 13. Every team is guaranteed to play at least five games, and the championship will be on July 18.
The Mavs will hold summer league practice sessions Tuesday through Friday at American Airlines Center before leaving for Las Vegas on Friday afternoon.
After the way he played down the stretch and throughout the playoffs of his rookie season, Anderson could have a much bigger role in the Mavs’ attack. And his impact in the summer league could strengthen his chances of increasing his playing time after averaging 11.8 minutes as a rookie.
The Mavs were struggling to make the playoffs last season, but everything changed when Anderson was inserted into the starting lineup March 28 against Denver.
With Anderson as a starter, the Mavs went 7-2 down the stretch and advanced to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference with a 42-40 record.
Zaza to Warriors
More fireworks occurred Monday for the Dallas Mavericks when Zaza Pachulia agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million free agent contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Pachulia averaged 8.6 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds last season for the Mavericks. He also led Dallas with 26 double-doubles, which tied for 23rd among NBA players.
Pachulia became a need for the Warriors after they reportedly agreed to trade center Andrew Bogut to the Mavs.
Now, Pachulia joins Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and newly acquired Kevin Durant in a potent starting lineup.
Seth Curry to Mavs
Guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of Stephen, is finalizing a two-year, $6 million deal with the Mavericks, league sources told The Vertical.
Curry, who averaged 6.8 points in 15.7 minutes per game last season with Sacramento, opted out of the second year of his two-year, $2 million deal.