The Mavericks' Summer League season drew to a close Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 91-83. After losing their first three games, the Mavs entered the tournament portion of Summer League as the 22nd seed. However, they upset both the Lakers and the D-League Select Team to advance. Against Atlanta, the spark that helped them win two in a row faded to a glimmer. Dallas could not buy a stop in the game as the Hawks shot just over 48 percent and 38 percent from downtown. The Mavs head home after posting a 2-4 record in Las Vegas.
Justin Anderson is the real deal
Okay, I know Kirk has been saying this in every single one of his recaps but he isn't lying. Anderson possesses the ability to knock down 3s, create off the dribble, and is strong enough to get by bigs on his way to the rim. Oh, and he delivered some great slams during his six-game run in Las Vegas.
At this point, I believe it's fair to say that Anderson is a lock to make Rick Carlisle's rotation. I certain this would be true even if Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons were 100 percent healthy. He has looked that good. Plus, his nickname is Simba. Why wouldn't you want him in the rotation?
He finished with 23 points on 9-15 shooting, including 3-6 on 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Dwight Powell is tough
With eight minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, Powell was being posted up the Hawks' Mike Muscala. Muscala attempted a move but ended up elbowing Powell in the mouth. After the whistle, Powell headed to the Mavericks' bench to be looked at by the training staff. It appeared that Muscala's elbow dislodged one of Powell's central incisors. There was a lot of blood and Powell may have pulled his tooth out. Yet, he checked back in after a a rather short amount of time. This was one of two times during the game that he bled his own blood.
Powell finished the game with 17 points on 5-16 shooting, including 2-8 on 3s, nine rebounds, and five assists. He lead the team in assists.
Jordan Crawford finally showed up
Coming into Summer League, Crawford raised a couple of eye brows when he made the Mavs' roster. He has a reputation as a scorer and with Dallas' wings in questionable health, some wondered if perhaps he could make a push to make a roster spot. However, Crawford came out flat. He could not buy a bucket for much of Summer League. Against Atlanta, though, his shot finally fell.
He scored 17 points on 6-13 shooting. More than his shot falling, though, Crawford hustled on defense. He forced three turnovers and converted at least two of them into points on the other end.
I'm not sure if this performance will help salvage his poor showing in Las Vegas but it certainly won't hurt his chances of getting a camp invite somewhere in the league this fall.
Make it Wayns
While Crawford is questionable to get a camp invite, I feel that Maalik Wayns has more than earned one. I've been a fan of Wayns since I saw him play in Dallas as a member of the Sixers a couple of years ago. Something just stood out about him. When he made the Mavs' SL roster I was very happy that I would get to see him play again.
Despite not getting the starting nod for any of Dallas' games, Wayns was far and away their best point guard. He has the handles to shake defenders and the speed to get to the rim and finish. However, his speed is also his worst enemy. At times, Wayns simply played to fast and let his body get too far in front of his thought process. It's an issue that can be remedied and despite his sub par numbers against the Hawks today some team will certainly take a chance on him.
Wayns finished the game with two points on 1-8 shooting, one rebound, and four assists.