The Mavericks lost to the Toronto Raptors on Monday, falling 80-69 in the second game of summer league. Dallas drops to 1-1 in summer league, which means that in addition to Tuesday's game, they'll likely play Wednesday too. (They needed to go undefeated to earn a first round bye that would push their game to Thursday.)
It was a mediocre showing for the summer Mavs, who shot 35 percent with 6-of-26 shooting from behind the line. To be fair, the Raptors have two NBA guards in Delon Wright and Norman Powell that make things difficult. Jakob Poeltl is a tough cover, too, as Toronto's first round draft pick this year.
Justin Anderson had an awful first half
Anderson was 0-of-8 in the first half, struggling with layups and jumpers alike. Powell gave him some trouble as a defender, and Anderson's development as an isolation scorer is still a long ways off, if it does happen at all. The second half was better, even though Anderson couldn't hit a jumper. He had a couple nice finishes off drives in that second half. Still, Anderson was pretty clearly frustrated by his performance after the game, as a 4-of-16 shooting line just isn't good enough for a player who should be dominating summer league.
The Mavericks don't really have a real point guard on this roster (see below), which hurts him and the rest of the team. Anderson made some nice passes as a pick-and-roll ball handler, even if he was slow on some simple passes that he should have automatically made. Still, his three assists don't tell the full story of his passing on Monday.
All Jonathan Gibson does is shoot
Gibson scored 30 points in the Mavericks' opening game by bombing triples, but he's really not a point guard, and that's a problem for the rest of Dallas' roster. Players like Anderson do better with someone setting them up, and that's not really what Gibson is here for, even if he did end up with five assists. There might be a spot for him on the roster in the Charlie Villanueva role, as a dude who can come off the bench and just shoot whenever they need it. But Gibson probably can't do enough other things for it to be worth it.
Dorian Finney Smith is another guy hurt by this
Finney Smith has played two really poor games so far, but I still like his game. The Mavericks didn't sign him to a three-year deal for nothing, after all, even it's almost all unguaranteed money. This may just not be the right situation for him, and perhaps he can do a better job in training camp coming up in September. But so far, for a guy who seemed to have a great chance to make the final 15-man roster, this isn't a great showing.
A.J. Hammons gets overpowered too often
For a big guy known for strength and size, Hammons has trouble under the basket in spots. Jameel Warney off the bench ended up topping Hammons in minutes and production off the bench, scoring 14 points and nabbing eight rebounds compared to Hammons' six and five in two more minutes. A lot of it just comes back to Hammons getting overpowered, which really shouldn't be happening for him. It may just be a culture shock, coming into the NBA where every player can match him unlike college basketball. But like others on the roster, this hasn't been the best two game showing for Hammons.