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Mavericks sign Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Wilson (6-7, 230) spent the 2014-15 season with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. In 41 games (23 starts) for the Jam, he averaged 10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block in 26.2 minutes. The Milwaukee native played his final three seasons of college basketball at Marquette University (2011-14) where, as a senior, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 32 games.

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Mavs sign forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley

The Mavs have signed versatile forward Jamil Wilson and sweet-shooting power forward Brandon Ashley to contracts. Let’s take a look and see what they can bring to the team.

There are two types of words to describe NBA players. One group consists of skills: smooth, athletic, bouncy, quick, strong. The other is made up of words used to signify gravity or status: legendary, warrior, killer instinct, dominant.

But those lists are not all-inclusive. New Maverick Jamil Wilson is athletic and bouncy, sure, but he’s another thing, too: switchable.

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Mavs sign John Jenkins and Jarrid Famous

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard John Jenkins and free agent forward Jarrid Famous. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Jenkins (6-4, 215) joins the Mavericks after spending the past three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks where he was drafted with their first round pick (23rd overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft. In 98 career games (5 starts) as a Hawk, Jenkins averaged 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.8 minutes while shooting .451 from the floor, .375 from three-point range and .849 from the foul line.

As a standout Vanderbilt, Jenkins played three seasons for the Commodores before foregoing his senior year to enter the 2012 NBA Draft. He led the Southeastern Conference in scoring as both a sophomore and a junior and left Nashville as Vanderbilt’s 10th all-time leading scorer. In his final season as a Commodore, Jenkins averaged 19.9 points and tied the SEC single-season record with 134 made three-pointers. He was named First Team All-SEC and Third Team All-America.

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Mavs sign John Jenkins, Maurice Ndour and Jarrid Famous

The Mavs have signed guard John Jenkins and forward Maurice Ndour.

Jenkins, 24, had played for the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons. The 2-guard holds career averages of 5.6 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and 37.5 percent on three-pointers. In 2014-15, Jenkins shot a career-high 49.5 percent overall and 40.4 percent from deep. At 6′ 4″ and 215 pounds with a 6′ 8.5″ wingspan, Jenkins has good size for a shooting guard and the type of sweet stroke that teams crave.

The guard missed a chunk of the 2013-14 season after suffering a leg injury, but bounced back nicely last season. During his rookie season in 2012-13, he displayed the ability to shoot the ball both as a stand-still, spot-up guy but also coming off screens. According to Synergy Sports, Jenkins hit 50.8 percent of his field goal attempts coming off screens that season, and the 1.028 points per possession he averaged in those scenarios ranked 12th in the league among players with at least 70 possessions played. Similarly, he shot 52.4 percent coming off screens last season in 12.4 minutes per game.

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Mavs sign Maurice Ndour

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Maurice Ndour. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ndour (6-9, 200) is a native of Senegal and recently had a successful run at the Las Vegas Summer League as a member of the New York Knicks. While with the Knicks Summer League team, Ndour averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.0 steal and 28.3 minutes in 5 games (4 starts). He scored a team-high 23 points in New York’s victory over Philadelphia.

Ndour spent two years at Monroe College where he was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region selection before transferring to Ohio University. In his first season at Ohio, Ndour averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while starting 31 of his 36 games. As a senior for the Bobcats, he increased those averages to 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game on his way to being named All-Mid-American Conference Second Team.

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Mavs’ summer-league standouts hope for invitations to training camp

While first-round draft pick Justin Anderson and second-year standout Dwight Powell garnered most of the headlines as they led the Dallas Mavericks’ summer-league squad into the quarterfinals, a trio of roster hopefuls believe they may have done enough to get the front office’s attention.

Dropping their first three games before collecting back-to-back wins, the Mavericks’ summer squad finished with a 2-4 record following Saturday’s 91-83 loss to Atlanta. In the process, Powell earned All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors after averaging 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds an outing in the six games.

Anderson, the 21st overall selection in June’s NBA Draft, also impressed the Las Vegas crowd, averaging 17.5 points and pulling down 4.2 rebounds to showcase why he was such an attractive prospect for the Mavs’ front office. Meanwhile, big man Jeremy Tyler, lead guard Maalik Wayns and swingman Jordan Crawford simply hope they did enough to get an invitation to training camp after their own impressive performances helped the summer-league squad see its most successful run in the tournament.

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Barea brings control, explosiveness off the bench

The Mavs offense wasn’t at its best last season when Dirk Nowitzki was on the floor. Or Chandler Parsons. Or Monta Ellis or Tyson Chandler or Rajon Rondo.

No, Dallas scored more efficiently with JJ Barea on the floor than it did with any other player on the roster. The Mavericks scored 109.4 points per 100 possessions when Barea, the architect of the second unit, took the floor. Only 17 qualified players league-wide had a team on-floor rating higher than Barea’s. For reference, only two teams in the league had offensive ratings than 109.4 (the Clippers and Warriors).

Unlike in recent campaigns, the 2014-15 Mavs second unit was extremely reliant on the point guard. During the 2013-14 season, for example, the second unit was less focused on one player’s abilities and more so on the whole group, with Devin Harris, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, and Brandan Wright sharing the bulk of the scoring load.

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Hard works pays off for Dwight Powell through All-Summer League Team selection

Despite going through a rookie campaign that saw him shipped from four NBA teams and down to the Development League, Dallas Mavericks big man Dwight Powell may have announced that he’s ready for a breakout second season through his play in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Sunday, Powell celebrated his 24th birthday 24 hours early by being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team after leading the Mavericks to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Powell averaged a near double-double in six games for the Mavs’ summer squad, posting 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds an outing. He also connected on 42.9 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from three-point range, attempting to make a position change from center to a stretch power forward.

And according to Mavericks summer-league head coach Kaleb Canales, Powell will continue to show glimpses of growth as his hard work pays off.

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After impressing in Summer League, Mavs rookie Justin Anderson preps for first season

He quickly turned heads while helping to lead the Dallas Mavericks to the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Summer League. Now, first-round draft pick Justin Anderson says he has more work to do in order to prepare for a grueling 82-game season.

Starting all six games for the Mavericks’ summer-league squad, Anderson finished second on the team in scoring while averaging 17.5 points, pulling down 4.2 rebounds an outing to boot. He also connected on 43.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from behind the three-point arc, showing an ability to stretch the floor.

However, Anderson admits that he has a lot of learning to do in order to prepare for the regular season as he tries to crack coach Rick Carlisle’s rotation as a rookie.

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