The Dallas Mavericks have called up two-way player Daryl Macon with J.J. Barea down for the season and the team in need of more point guard depth. Dennis Smith Jr., who is sidelined with a back injury, will try to practice this week, but his timetable for return is uncertain and he may even be on the trade block.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas, Macon is a score-first point guard in the model of Yogi Ferrell. Through 26 games in the G-League Macon is averaging 19.5 points per game with .424/.329/.824 shooting splits. He’s also averaging 6.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.
Though scoring and shooting are his main assets, Macon said he’s been working hard to become a more well rounded player in the G-League.
“I’m trying to figure out other ways to impact the game when my shot isn’t going,” Macon said when asked about what improvements he’s trying to make.
Macon said he was in Florida on a road with the Legends when he got the call that the Mavericks were bringing him up. He also said whoever made that call didn’t tell him what happened to Barea, only that he got injured.
While he’s with the Mavericks, Macon wants to bring energy both offensively and defensively and wants to make the most of the opportunity.
Against the Warriors, Macon was active but did not play. Unless Dennis Smith Jr. is traded, Macon will likely remain with the Mavericks until DSJ gets healthy. It’s not likely Macon will see a significant amount of playing time but if something were to happen to Devin Harris or Jalen Brunson he’s here for insurance.
If he does get some NBA minutes, Daryl is ready to be Macon buckets at the highest level.