When the Dallas Mavericks drafted Tyrell Terry with the 31st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, there were immediately unrealistic expectations cast on him. Lots of Mavs fans thought, because of a similar skill set, that he could step right in and fill Seth Curry’s role. Obviously, that was impossible. Curry is a seasoned vet at this point, and Terry didn’t even get a Summer League.
Unable to crack the regular rotation, the Mavs sent Terry to the G League Bubble on assignment. For those of us who were hyped to see Terry in a Mavs uniform, this was a little bit of a let-down, but ultimately, it’s clearly the best way for him to get on-the-court time.
Terry has two G League games under his belt now, and they’ve simply gone really, really well. In his first game, Terry dropped 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. He consistently got to the rim, he made plays for others, and more than anything, he looked comfortable. The G League is a big step up from the PAC-12, so for Terry to have command over the game immediately was beyond impressive.
The Hustle ended up losing the game thanks to poor execution down the stretch, but Terry was ultimately the best guy on the floor.
In his second game, Terry had another strong scoring outing, but he wasn’t very efficient. He scored 18 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field. The shooting numbers don’t tell the whole story with Terry’s game, though. He was consistently creating good offense by getting to the rim whenever he wanted. He has an elite first step, the ball on a string, and a herky-jerky style that’s hard to stay in front of. Sometimes his drives got out of control and he would find himself in the air, amongst the trees, with nowhere to go (hence, the poor shooting numbers). He’ll improve at reading the opponents off of drives once he gets more familiar with NBA defenses. He’s a savvy, smart. kid, so I don’t expect it to take him too long to figure out.
Terry proved in his first two games that even though he doesn’t have a good NBA body yet, he does have NBA skill. He was clearly the best guard on the floor in both games, and he wasn’t matched up with slouches. He had to go against other promising rookie guards like Devon Dotson and Tre Jones.
When the G League Bubble ends, and Terry is back on the Mavs, hopefully he’ll have his NBA legs ready and Carlisle will give him a shot on the big stage. The Mavs need a secondary creator, and Terry is exactly that. He’s a guy that creates offense out of thin air.