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Summer League report cards for the Mavs young prospects

Summer League report cards for the Mavs young prospects

Kostas Antetokounmpo – D

All parties here would probably tell you they were disappointed with Kostas’ performance in Vegas. The Mavs, Kostas, and his MVP big brother were all hoping for a little more.

Will this be the end for Kostas on the two-way? Who knows. He was always a guy who needed a lot of time to fully form into an NBA player, so it will be interesting to see if the Mavs brass is interested in exercising patience with him.

One thing is for sure, if another second-round draft pick displayed the lack of strength development and awareness on defense Kostas did after a year, they’d be in serious danger of losing their spot.

This is the elephant in the room. Is he on the team because…., you know I’d rather not get into trouble for tampering, but I think depending on who fills in the two-way spots, we will have our answer soon enough.

Daryl Macon – C 

Daryl Macon had a fine showing in Summer League. His scoring instincts were on display, especially in the early games, and he really did show growth as a lead guard running the team.

However, as Summer League rolled on and Cameron Payne went on the shelf, things got tougher for Macon. He was used completely on the ball, and his lack of instincts as a lead guard presented themselves. His small stature and lack of quickness also made it tough for him to get by defenders and finish at the rim.

So, the most notable thing we learned about Macon is that his ideal role in the NBA is likely as a scoring combo guard. He’s a good shooter, especially on pull-ups, but he should not be running a team at an NBA Level. And that begs the question, is an undersized, athletically challenged guard worth having on your roster if he can’t defend point men or run you team?

It will be interesting to see what the Mavs think.

Isaiah Roby – B-

A lot of draft folks smarter than myself insisted on the fact that Isaiah Roby was a Dwight Powell clone, so admittedly I went into Summer League with a pre-determined expectation of what I might see.

There are some similarities between the two no doubt. The energy, effort, and springy athleticism were all Powell-esque.

But there’s something more to him. Before the Mavs played their first game, Roby told reporters that he was a, “point forward” type, and I have to say I agree. He’s got a good feel for the game, he sees the floor really well, and makes really timely cuts to the correct areas to make himself available. His handle is still pretty raw, but his fluidity makes you think there is room for growth there.

Where he really needs to see improvement, is in his strength. He would get bullied by players, bigger and smaller, than he was. Playing in traffic was also a big issue for him. But if he keeps honing his game and getting stronger, there is a real chance the 45th overall pick turns into a player for the Mavs, even if it is a few years down the road.

Josh Reaves – A

Coming into Summer League, Reaves was the guy I was most excited for. His skillset is something missing from the Mavs roster. Defense and athleticism on the wing is at a premium in today’s game, and the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year provides an ample amount of that.

From game number one really, Reaves was the stand out. His on-ball pressure and activity in the passing lanes jumped off the screen. That’s what we expected from him, but it was the other things that made you sit up in your chair. It was the off the bounce pull-up threes. The shooting off screens, the slashing, and the cutting that made you really think this kid has something.

The jumper needs work, there is no doubt. He was a 31% shooter in college and one Summer League doesn’t change that. But the flashes of shot versatility and ball skills were very impressive for someone with his archetype. I think there is a real chance Reaves can contribute right away, and at the very least he will be on the team.

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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