Are you ready to get your Summer League on?
The Dallas Mavericks have announced their Las Vegas Summer League team roster, which plays their first game Saturday, July 13th against Sacremento. Anyone who wants to get an early look at rookie Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo, and free agent signee Gal Mekel, the game will be televised on NBAtv at 3 PM pacific time.
If you want to see the full schedule, refer to our first update here. Dallas plays Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, and their schedule after that will be determined by ranking. For scores, stats, and updates, you can also check out nba.com.
Here are the confirmed players for the 2013 squad:
Jae Crowder, F, Marquette
Bernard James, C, Florida State
Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
Ricky Ledo, G, Providence
Josh Akognon, G, Cal-State Fullerton
Terrico White, G, Mississippi
Gal Mekel, G, Wichita State
Dewayne Dedmon, C, USC
Christian Watford, F, Indiana
D.J. Stephens, F, Memphis
Jud Dillard, G, Tennessee Tech
Alexandre Paranhos, F, Brazil
Hamady N'Diaye, C, Rutgers
Most of you know the first four or five names on that list. We covered a few of the others from the undrafted rookie class, as well as Mekel and White. White could be a very solid candidate to make the team, given the lack of depth at off-guard. The early second round pick of Detroit had a promising career derailed by injuries, but is exactly the type of athletic wing Dallas could use.
Watford is currently playing for the Pacers in the Orlando Summer League, and Stephens for Miami. I am not sure how much either will be available for Dallas, but both intrigue me as a potential stretch four or defensive stopper, respectively.
Dedmon, a 7-footer from USC, just finished his career as a Trojan, and was considered a possibility as a 2nd-rounder in this past draft. Dedmon is somewhat slight for a center, but moves exceptionally well for his size, and racked up lots of blocks and steals in college.
Another 7-foot center, Hamady N'Diaye was the second round pick of the Timberwolves(traded to Washington) in 2010. N'Diaye set records for blocks at Rugers, but has demonstrated little else in his game since he left college. He appeared most recently for the Wizards in 2011, but spent most of his time as a pro in the D-League, before moving overseas.
The mystery man is Alexandre Paranhos, a 21 year old Brazilian player. Apparently, he is from the same neighborhood as Leandro Barbosa, and both Leandro and his brother Artur have taken an interest in Paranhos. At 6'8 with a reported 7'3 wingspan(!), Paranhos seems to be the prototypical long, athletic and extremely raw foreign project. I have no idea what exactly Dallas has here, but Paranhos is an intriguing guy.