Summer League began inauspiciously for Kyle Collinsworth. On the first day of the Las Vegas tournament, the Dallas Mavericks released him. He chose to stay in Vegas and play with the team, however, and showcase his skills. Now, with the summer season over for the Mavs, Collinsworth’s future is uncertain.
Collinsworth come off the bench in all five games for the Mavericks. In 17.8 minutes, he averaged 4.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 steals. He also shot 34.8 percent from the floor and 25 percent from behind the arc. While his shooting numbers leave much to be desired, Collinsworth showed that he’s a fundamental player on both sides of the ball, facilitating the offense and playing sound defense.
His best game came in a 95-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls. In it he notched a 14-point and 10-rebound double-double while shooting 50 percent.
“Yeah, I just tried being aggressive today,” Collinsworth said about his motivation after the game. “I haven’t been aggressive enough. Just play hard, try to get shots for teammates, and get to the hole.”
It’s games like this that landed Collinsworth an non-guaranteed, multi-year contract with the Mavericks last season. Looking like a quality NBA role player wasn’t enough, though. Even though the team released him, Collinsworth took it in stride and competed both for himself and the team.
Collinsworth’s journey isn’t over. He enters free agency having played well enough last season and in Summer League to at least warrant a training camp invite somewhere. As for now, no one knows where he will land.
“We’ll find out,” Collinsworth said. “I’m going to keep playing, do what I do, and let my agent worry about that.”