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Four takeaways from the Legends home opener

Four takeaways from the Legends home opener

Ray Spalding is very impressive. 

Ray showed everything that made him a likeable prospect coming out of Louisville

He’s lean, athletic, plays with energy, and has a developing skill set, which translated to a 25 point, 10 rebound, 3 assist, 3 steal game.

There was a couple of really nice sequences for him where he put that burgeoning  skill set on display. Things like splashing  a pretty pull-up three in transition and a sweet blow by move off the dribble with an And one finish point to some real upside.

“Ray is a guy who can play inside and out. I think he’s very talented. The challenge for Ray now, is to show that he’s an NBA level rebounder.” Head coach Bob McKinnon said.

“Once he does that, you won’t see him at our place much more.”

All in all, it was a solid showing from the Mavs second round pick.

 

Kostas is raw, but there is something there

It wasn’t the sharpest showing from the Baby Freak.

His first half foul trouble forced Caoch McKinnon to go in a different direction and put Jameel Warney into the starting lineup. When Warney outperformed him, it was hard to get him back out on the floor and led to him playing only 25 minutes.

Certainly not encouraging, but it’s not the end of the world. He clearly has some unique skill for someone with such a tall, lanky frame, and can really impact the game defensively.

“He’s definitely an NBA player. He’s there, he’s just got to grow into it. ” Coach Mac said of Kostas.

“His development so far has been terrific, and he’s another guy who if he keeps on this path, you want see in a Legends uniform for very long.”

Jameel Warney is back!

Jameel was back in frisco doing what he does. Although this time, he did it coming off the bench.

It’s not a knock on him, The Legends happen to have a really deep front court with some Mavs draft capitol invested in it. It’s understandable.

But that never changed Jameel’s mindset.

“No, I mean I’m still doing what I got to do. Rebound, be a leader, score, post up. Whatever they team needs me to do, I am going to do.” Warney said.

It didn’t change his production either, as he finished  with a 25 point, 6 rebound showing.

The Legends have upgraded the guard play

Last year, the Legends guard play early in the year was a luxury. But as they often do in the G-League, players got poached.

They lost Ex-NBA’er Donald Sloan to China, and lost long time Legend and leading scorer  Justin Dentmon to an Achilles injury. As you could imagine, things didn’t run too smoothly after that.

But with the acquisitions of Cody Miller-McIntyre and Mavs two-way man Daryl Macon, things seem to be much more stable this year.

“We had great players last year, MF we have great players this year. That’s why we have been successful because we have great player.” Coach Mac said of his guard rotation.

The backcourt would combine for a 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists, with Miller-McIntyre notching a triple double.

Staff writer covering the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends and TCU basketball | Stephen "Reese" Konkle. 21 years old, currently enrolled at UNT working towards my degree in Digital/print media with a sports certification. Have a passion for basketball, and the Mavericks. Looking to bring Mavs fans a fresh, interesting perspective on the greatest game in the world.

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