Things should get interesting in Dallas, where one of the league’s best training camp battles is expected to take place between second-year point guard Yogi Ferrell and rookie lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr.
They each took a very different path to the NBA, as Ferrell never got drafted out of Indiana, and started the season with Brooklyn before eventually landing with the Mavs.
He appeared to be the point guard of the future — until the Mavs picked Smith.
Ferrell has said he’s fine with the addition of Smith, even happy. But can that be true?
Dallas Morning News writer Eddie Sefko actually answered that question in a reader mailbag. Of Ferrell, Sefko wrote: “He’s a great teammate. But he’s like every other player. He wants 48 shots, 48 minutes and $48-million. But he’s proven already that he belongs in the league, so in the respect, if Smith helps the Mavs win, everybody will benefit.”
Here’s more out of Dallas:
- Texas Monthly columnist Matt Mosley also answered some reader questions for the Dallas News, and explained how Smith Jr. has impressed during summer league. “His athleticism is off the charts…but we knew that,” Mosley wrote. “I love how he’s taken charge immediately. He could just defer to Yogi since he has more experience, but that’s not what he’s done. DSJ has completely taken over the offense. And you can tell he has some potential to play decent defense.”
- Mavs owner Mark Cuban told an ESPN broadcast team that if the Mavs were in the Eastern Conference, “we would not be rebuilding.” Cuban added that the Mavs “would handle things totally differently,” before later joking he should kidnap NBA commissioner Adam Silver and not let Silver leave until the Mavs are moved East.
- Former Marquette guard and D-Leaguer Dwight Buycks leads the Mavs’ summer team in scoring at 17.8 points (through five games). Buycks spent last season in China. He could be headed for an NBA training camp invite. If not with the Mavs, then someone.