Ferrell hits nine 3-pointers, scores 32 as Dallas wins fourth straight

  • 02/04/2017 9:06 am in

Former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell is making quite an impression in Dallas.

Just hours after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, an IU alumnus, said that the franchise planned to keep Ferrell for the remainder of the season, he went out and put on a show in Portland.

Ferrell tied a franchise rookie record with nine 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points in a 108-104 victory over the Trail Blazers. Ferrell was 11-of-17 from the field in 39 minutes.

Dallas signed Ferrell, who was playing with the Long Island Nets in the Development League, to a 10-day contract on January 28. He’s started all four games he’s appeared and is averaging 17.8 points, five assists and three rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game.

The Mavericks have won every game Ferrell has appeared in, a stretch that includes San Antonio, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Friday’s win over Portland. It’s the first four-game winning streak of the season for the Mavs.

Ferrell appeared in 10 games early this season with Brooklyn, but was waived on Dec. 8. He had been in the Development League with the Nets since. With Deron Williams and Devin Harris both injured, Dallas had a need for a point guard and signed the Indianapolis native.

In his debut with the Mavs, he scored nine points and dished out seven assists in a 105-101 win at San Antonio. The following night, Ferrell scored 19 points and added five assists, four steals and three assists in a 104-97 win at home over Cleveland.

Ferrell had a poor shooting performance (3-of-13) in his third game with Dallas, a 113-95 win at home over Philadelphia, but caught fire last night in front of a national TV audience at Portland.

IU’s all-time assists leader had 22 points in the first half and outplayed NBA all-star Damian Lillard. His 3-pointer with 19 seconds to go gave Dallas a 105-101 lead.

“We’ve got a special group, a special group of guys and they really welcomed me into the team. I was thankful for that,” Ferrell said postgame, according to the Associated Press. “That doesn’t happen often. It happened very quickly, so I’m just out there having a lot of fun and living the dream.”

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports and the Vertical, Ferrell is expected to sign a two-year contract with the Mavericks on Tuesday.

“I’m pretty sure that’s what will happen. It won’t be my final call,” Cuban told the Star-Telegram. “It’ll be coach (Rick Carlisle) and Donnie’s (Nelson). It’s not a money issue, and so it’ll be up to them.”

The 20-30 Mavericks are 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dallas plays next at Denver on Monday.

(Photo credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • myrddin

    A second 10-day contract? Then what was the deal about the 2-year contract everyone was talking about on Twitter?

  • Rob Mullins

    I don’t understand why it took so long for a team to understand the value Yogi brings to a team. We sure understand it better this year. It makes my heart happy to see his success

  • Pman

    First pro game I watched all year. Yogi belongs in the NBA and now more than just the IU faithful know.

  • sd chuck

    Right time right place, that’s just what it takes! And then step up, great job Yogi, you deserve it!

  • 3AM Burrito

    In a game with Nowitzki, Lillard, McCollum, Barnes- Yogi was clearly best player on the court last night. He obviously shot well but what impressed me was his patience on offense, and also his defense on Lillard was really solid.

    Yogi and Wesley Matthews must have had a decent coach at some point.

  • BL4IU

    Great news! Appears he may be successfully adapting to the NBA 3-point range. Some really good D1 players never do. If he can knock it down from deep, he’ll be tough to handle one-on-one.

  • Koko

    Well done Yogi…..keep the pedal down baby

  • Piker

    Yeah Pegg guys reporter NBA sources said Mavs would offer Yogi 2 year contract. Who knows with the media. Hopefully he gets it he deserves it.

  • The team can sign him to two 10-day contracts before making a decision on whether or not to keep him. They are expected to sign him to a deal after the second 10-day contract is up.

    This story offers more insight on the situation: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/full-court-press-blog/article130592259.html

  • Guyton25

    Man I am so happy to have woke up to this today. I was so angry when he wasn’t drafted just because he’s small. I mean he’s 6’… 6’1″-6’3″ used to be standard for a PG in the 90s and early 2000s. I thought Yogi was a definite first rounder with an outside shot at a lottery pick. I guess now all the NBA teams are seeing just how dumb they all were for not giving Yogi a chance. Mark Cuban does right by IUBB once again! I’m going to be playing with Yogi on NBA 2K17 all the time now when my gamer friends come over!

  • b_side

    Unfortunately a lot of GMs and scout just look at his measurables (i.e. his height or lack of).

    Yogi is another undersized point guard proving once again, if you can play, you can play.

  • Piker

    Man this is great. Does Yogi qualify for a one year guy now and if he signs 2 year deal he will get the 875000 minimum per year at the least?

  • Creek0512

    At least 20% of the NBA now has a starting guard from Indy: Jeff Teague (Pacers), Mike Conley (Grizzlies), George Hill (Jazz), Gary Harris (Nuggets), Eric Gordon (Rockets), Yogi Ferrell (Mavericks).

  • SidelineSportsNetwork

    Gordon actually doesn’t start. He’s the 6th man.

  • SidelineSportsNetwork

    Glad I got to watch this game. It was awesome. I am sure LeBron isn’t happy that they couldn’t pick him up.

  • Jermhoosierfan

    And he might end up being the 6th man of the year in the league. He seems to be healthy and found his system in Houston.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I love the picture! Looks like Dirk is going to give him a Yogi Bear hug. Looks like our man Yogi is getting the respect and recognition from the superstars. He handed it to LeBum the other day. YF may be a Maverick but he plays like a warrior.

  • Mr.Bailey

    He started last night.

  • ForIndiana

    Blashphemy! LOL…I’m with you on sentence #3 there…

  • Darrell Allen

    So happy for Yogi! He is one of the finest young men ever to play college ball. I already liked Dirk, and with the addition of Yogi, I have now become a Mavericks fan! For the naysayers, check out the HOF for “undersized” point guards! As someone else said on this subject, “if you can play ball, you can play ball!” His quickness, dribbling, vision, shooting touch & unselfishness will guarantee him a great future in the NBA! Another proud Hoosier!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Isaiah Thomas of Boston is 5-9 and averaging 30 points a game and one of the most exciting players in the NBA. The little guys(6-0 or less) have shown to be able to score. A persons motor isn’t measured in height and Yogi has a non stop motor and is well conditioned. The shortcomings(no pun intended) is Defense as Thomas is the worst rated defender in the NBA as is common with small players. My guess is if Yogi can play any defense he’s going to have a long career in the NBA.

  • KingofKentucky

    I think Yogi’s biceps could be bigger.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Yogi signed a two year deal with the Mavs. Details to follow. Fantastic and couldn’t happen to a better person than Yogi Ferrell!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    He really needs to be in better physical shape. Lol!!!!

  • MikeinNC

    This is cool as hell. So happy to see Yogi get a chance to shine….he may become the Jeremy Lin phenom this year – but with better staying power!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Maybe:Bounced check at The Hopp.

  • pcantidote

    I know its being a homer, but I just felt like this HAD to happen. Yogi is just such a special talent, and love it or hate it, playing in IU’s system prepared him for the NBA.

  • BMusic

    Yeah, you just can’t trust the sports media, always pushing their agenda.

  • BMusic

    Nail, meet head. He comes in with just the right skill set for this team, plus the chemistry is obviously there. The team is responding to his leadership, and he’s got the offense flowing. It’s what a classic point guard does!

  • Outoftheloop

    Great for Yogi!!

  • SCHoosier

    Just love this for Yogi..deserves it all!

  • Justin Beard

    We’re proud of our guy! Keep it up Yogi. We’re all here for you in Hoosier nation. Whether your draining half courters on the starting lineup in Dallas, or warming a bench in China. You’ll always be a Hoosier.

  • Piker

    And it is going to happen with the latest news. 2 year deal 208k for this year and 1.3m next year. I know I am kinda sounding like it’s all about money but that is what the NBA is about. So yeah congrats Yogi and take it to the bank. IU nation will be following the Mavs. That’s the way it is for IU nation.

  • Austin Alexander

    I hate to admit this, but I was overwhelmed with emotion for this kid…it was like watching my son pitch a no hitter. I am so proud of Yogi…I knew he’d win some lucky team a lot of games. <3

  • Austin Alexander

    He does give him a big german bear hug lol.

  • Ohio Hoosier

    He’s smarter than the average bear.
    Great job YOGI!

  • I almost cried when I saw the news. So happy for Ferrell.

  • Creek0512

    He’s their 2nd leading scorer and starts sometimes, close enough.

  • Creek0512

    Yogi was 5 years old when Dirk started playing in the NBA.

  • Well, it’s about making a living, right? Yogi just worked harder than some people in order to make a living doing what he loves. There are only a relative handful of people who can play basketball at that level, and so there’s the answer as to why it pays so well. In other words, I don’t see anything even remotely wrong with being excited for the kid that he’ll be making some serious money.

  • I don’t follow the NBA at all (I’ve paid more attention to it in the last week or so than I have in decades), but by all accounts Yogi held some good players to well below their averages. So, sounds like his defense is okay, at least.

    I just find it remarkable how much I, personally, underestimated how much we’d miss Yogi this season. Probably, his impact on last season’s turnaround has also been underestimated. He’s just reminding us now what kind of impact he can have on the game.

  • Spooky

    He’s built like a pit bull isn’t he?

  • b_side

    It’s a tough conundrum for athletes. The NCAA offers visibility and marketability to NBA scouts and fans like us.

    There’s a 5-star kid, Terrance Ferguson, who decommited from Arizona, deciding instead to play in Australia. He’s getting paid and even signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour.

    Curious to see where he gets drafted. It’s the same route as current NBA players like Jennings and Mudiaye. The more successful case studies, the more likely other high level players bypass college. That weakens the NCAA product and forces them to make institutional changes.

  • Austin Alexander

    Watched the game tonight in Denver and they must have prepped for him like they would Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving…the thing I like about Yogi is this….he will watch the film (probably 10 times) and take notes on how teams will be playing him. After that he will adapt and spread the floor like he did at IU. They were doubling down on his drives all night and he took a few blocks. Once he sees that on film he will figure out how to make his teammates more involved on the dribble drive through double pressure. I bet he gets 10 assists tomorrow against Portland….he may not score 20 but he will expose their doubles on him. Hopefully Matthews and Curry are ready to shoot flare cut 3’s all night.

  • Austin Alexander

    You think someone would have taken a real gamble on him (Denver, Indy). You don’t become a blue blood assist leader by being a terrible passer or being shoddy in transition. It was most likely his size…which showed tonight in the lane on the double downs in the paint. I’m not worried though, he will study the tape and counter the doubles with a bunch of assists. His awesome defense is pretty fun to watch too. HOF Yogi Ferrel 2029 🙂