Former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell, who spent his rookie NBA season with Brooklyn and Dallas, is putting together a strong summer with the Mavericks in the Summer League.
The 6-foot Ferrell, who recently had his contract fully guaranteed for next season by Dallas, scored 23 points in a 78-73 win over Miami on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Ferrell now has 45 points in three games and his performance earned recognition in NBA.com’s daily “summer standouts” feature (along with rookie teammate Dennis Smith):
The point guards combined for 39 points against the Miami Heat and summer league is setting the stage for what will be an interesting training camp for the Mavericks. Ferrell was the mid-season surprise for Dallas in 2017, coming from nowhere to make Deron Williams expendable (Dallas bought him out) and carve out important minutes the last few months. However, the Mavericks used their lottery pick on Smith and he’s had a very encouraging summer. The starting point guard spot remains influx and if you add Seth Curry (who may be better suited at two-guard), it looks to be quite the competition for minutes this upcoming season.
Indiana’s all-time assists leader is expected to have a tougher path for minutes next season in Dallas with Smith Jr. and Seth Curry also vying for time.
In 36 games with the Mavericks as a rookie, Ferrell averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team last month.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) July 12, 2017
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