Yogi Ferrell scores 23 as Dallas moves to 3-0 in NBA Summer League

  • 07/12/2017 8:13 am in

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 heโ€™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.

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  • Lance76

    I am not sure why he was not drafted in the first place, but I would not bet against him sticking in the NBA.

  • HoosierBballNut

    Yogi is a great ambassador for the program.. A great back-up PG for the next couple of years and then possibly a starting position by the time he is 27 ?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • inLinE6

    Asking why he was not drafted is like asking why some player even got drafted. There’s no good reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I hope josh jackson got whistled for a foul on that play

  • SCHoosier

    The announcers for that game could not say enuff good things about Yogi!

  • John D Murphy

    Supposedly some teams wanted to do a draft-and-stash with him so they could retain his rights while he developed overseas for a few years but he wouldn’t agree to it. I think he could have been drafted if that was important to him.

  • AndyCapp

    Good for him, sticking to his guns! Shows he has enough belief in himself and abilities whereas a less confident player/person might have agreed to Dash/Stash. Hope Dallas doesn’t make him ride the pine all season because he has the motor and internal drive to have a solid NBA career.

  • John D Murphy

    I don’t think he’ll start (much) but he’ll get a lot of minutes (IMO). Yogi is a better match-up against 2nd unit guys. He can put up solid numbers and not have to be responsible to guard Lillard, Westbrook, Paul/Harden, Conley, etc… I think he is in a great position and he knows it.