August 18, 2010
Mavs Summer League Roundup

With NBA Summer League action safely in the rear view mirror, the Mavs squad of first and second year players closed out an up and down performance by blowing out the Sacramento Kings summer team in the finale. The summer got off to a rocky start as the young Mavs dropped their first two at the hands of the Rockets and Nuggets, before finally rebounding with a one-point victory over the Bucks. Before Sunday’s win, the team took a 6-point loss to John Wall and the Wizards, bringing the total Win-Loss to 2-3. Though coaches do like to see how players respond to various situations in an in-game format, all in all, summer records are more or less meaningless, with individual performances serving as a better barometer of an organization’s success. After all, the bright spots from the team are the only ones that will show up on the NBA roster when game results actually matter. Here’s a look at the summer-Mavs’ most high profile players and how they fared in the Vegas heat.Rodrigue Beaubois After a surprisingly successful rookie campaign in which Beaubois generated a lot of buzz around the league, don’t read too much into his underwhelming summer stats. Beaubois was plagued by turnovers throughout, averaging 4.2 as compared to just 3.0 assists. His summer was highlighted by a 28 point outpour against Houston in which shot an efficient 12-20, although this game as unfortunately the statistical outlier.Dominique Jones The rookie out of South Florida gave the Mavericks’ their most impressive performances. Though he proved he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from outside, not managing a single 3-pointer all week, Jones was able to use smart angles when slashing to the basket to either finish or draw the foul, while showing some grit on the defensive end. After a shaky start to the summer, Jones closed out strong with a 28 point flurry against the Wizards and a 17 point 7 assist (to just 1 TO) effort against the Kings.Jeremy Lin The unsung Harvard grad who went undrafted just months ago, sent arguably the most unexpected reverberations through summer league circles. In only 18.5 minutes a game off the bench, Lin looked more comfortable running the point and more of a vocal presence than Beaubois, while shooting at efficient 52 from the field. Lin showed surprising athleticism and quickness, even when pitted against 1 pick Wall, enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity as a result of the matchup. The Warriors moved to sign Lin soon after the close of summer league play.

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