Remember hoops fans, The Mavericks aren’t the only basketball team in town. The Dallas Mavericks G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, kick off their season Saturday, November 4th against the Austin Spurs. The Legends bring back a familiar roster with six returning players, which can be seen as somewhat of a rare occurrence in the G-League. One new face is Gian Clavell, who signed a two-way deal with the Mavericks following an impressive preseason.
The Puerto Rican native is an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State, where he was a standout player. Clavell was named the Mountain West Player of the Year and earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2016-2017 while averaging 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Clavell played well during the preseason with the Mavs, averaging just over 8 points and grabbing 3 rebounds per game while shooting 39% from three-point land. With rumors of interest in Clavell from other teams, the Mavs front office knew they would lose him via waivers, which led to designating Clavell as the second of the Mavs two-way contracts along with Johnathan Motley.
By signing a two-way contract, the designated player is able to spend up to 45 days with the NBA team. With the Mavs depth in the back court, expect Clavell to spend most of his time in Frisco with the Legends, barring any further injuries.
For Clavell’s role on the Legends, I’d imagine him playing a significant role. Playing alongside Kyle Collinsworth would be an intriguing versatile back court while Brandon Ashley, Johnathan Motley, and Jameel Warney hold down the paint.
As the season kicks off against the Austin Spurs on Saturday, expect Gian Clavell to make some noise all season long for the Texas Legends.
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