Hear from Mavs rookie A.J. Hammons

A.J. Hammons, whom the Mavs selected 46th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft, has the chance to be a pretty special player in this league. Not only does he have an NBA-ready 7-foot frame, offensive touch, and rim-protecting skills which set him apart at the NCAA level, but he also has four years’ experience being coached at a high-level D-I program and playing in competitive games.

There’s certainly a lot to like about the 23-year-old rookie — read about his game and biggest strengths here — but before he can show off his ability to his new teammates and the rest of the NBA landscape, perhaps as soon as next month in Las Vegas, Hammons had a conference call with local media to discuss his reaction to being drafted, answer questions about his motor, and describe his style of play.

Click to listen to the full audio, and continue reading below for a transcript of some of the highlights.

On being a two-way player: I will definitely come in and help with the defensive side — you know, rebounding, just blocking shots. But I’ve also been working on my offensive artillery throughout the summer. I’m just gonna keep adding to it.

On his relationship with the Mavericks so far: We have a good relationship. I talked to (head coach Rick Carlisle) last night. It seems like it’s going to be a great program. Everybody’s going to be welcoming, even though I went to Purdue and Mark Cuban went to IU and everything. But I feel like it’s going to be great.

On his relationship with Brian Cardinal: I haven’t really actually talked to him (since I got drafted), which is a shocker. But we’re good friends. He always encouraged me every time he’d come to the games. He always helps me out, keeps giving me advice and motivation. He’s a good friend to have around, especially since he played for the Mavs, so I know he’s going to reach out to me at some point in time to help me out and get me acclimated with everything.

On how he feels his shooting will transfer to the NBA: I’m very comfortable with outside shooting. I worked on it a lot this offseason. I feel very comfortable with it, and I showed in some of the workouts that I can shoot it from 3, I can shoot deep 2s. Now I’ve got to get used to bringing it every day, going against that kind of talent every day.

Also, he’ll be wearing No. 20 for the Mavs. (He’s worn 20 since he was in high school.)

Who is A.J. Hammons?

Donnie Nelson and Michael Finley on A.J. Hammons

Mavs GM and Vice President of Basketball operations Donnie Nelson and Assistant General Manager Michael Finley address the media after selecting A.J. Hammons with the 46th pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Thursday night the Mavericks drafted A.J. Hammons, a senior center from Purdue, with the 46th pick in the NBA Draft. As it is after any draft, excitement for the prospect is high, but fans probably aren’t all too familiar with him, unless they kept a close eye on Big Ten basketball for the last four years.

The Mavericks, though, have been paying close attention. Michael Finley, the assistant VP of basketball operations, said it best last night: “You can’t teach size.” Hammons not only has the size, but also the skill and ability of a high-level player in the NBA. The Mavs believe he can make an impact right away, as do scouts and analysts around the league.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at who Hammons is and what he can offer the Mavericks in his first season and, hopefully, for many years to come.

Physical presence and defense

At 23 — he’ll turn 24 before opening night — Hammons’ body is already built for the NBA. He’s a legit 7 feet tall, and the senior did well to trim some excess weight off his frame between his freshman and senior seasons at Purdue. In 2011 he weighed in at 278, according to DraftExpress, but this past season he was listed at 260 pounds by ESPN and the Mavericks have him currently listed at 250.

The benefit of shedding weight is fairly obvious, especially now in a league where speed and athleticism are more coveted traits than strength and pure size for size’s sake. But Hammons proved last season that he could afford to lose 20 pounds while also remaining perhaps the most physically dominant player in the Big Ten, and one of the most overwhelming physical forces in the country.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. This is Hammons against Maryland center Diamond Stone, who was drafted 40th overall, or six spots ahead of Hammons. But in a late-season battle between the former freshman and the newest Maverick, the latter prevailed, at least in this particular head-to-head matchup.

Stone can’t win any type of positioning, as he’s literally just bouncing off Hammons before losing his balance and ultimately falling to the ground. This was an important moment in the game, as well, as Hammons had three fouls at the time and Maryland was working hard to force him to pick up his fourth. The senior stood his ground, though, remained vertical, and completely swallowed up an NBA-caliber big man who had a ton of space to operate. That’s good work by Hammons. In that game, Stone shot just 2 of 5 with a turnover when going up against him in the post.

If Hammons is capable of winning the physical battle between himself and a higher-ranked NBA prospect at his position, it’s to be assumed that he’d do the same thing against players who aren’t at his level. That was certainly the case. Watch the tape of Hammons in the post and you’re going to see a lot of plays like this one.

Hammons left Purdue with the second-most blocks in program history, he led the Big Ten in blocks per game three times, including swatting 2.5 per game last year, and led the conference in block percentage all four years, per Sports-Reference. Since the site started tracking the stat in 2009, no Big Ten player has ever recorded a higher block percentage than the big man, who left the program having blocked more than 11 percent of his opponents’ 2-point shots while he was on the floor during his time in college.

Aside from his age, one reason Hammons slid to the second round in the draft — although Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle both said the Mavericks gave him a first-round grade — is there were questions about his motor. Carlisle quickly shot that notion down, joking that the rookie sounded enthusiastic on the other end of the phone when the coach told him he’d been drafted.

“When you only have the 46th pick in the draft you gotta get lucky and you gotta have some guys slip,” Carlisle said. “Perceptions about guys facilitate them dropping lower than they should and those perceptions probably facilitated 46. Now it’s our job to make sure he has a long and productive NBA career.” The coach added he takes that challenge “personally,” which can only mean good things for Hammons’ future. Carlisle has helped to develop Jae Crowder and more recently Justin Anderson and Salah Mejri into valuable rotation players for playoff teams within the last few seasons. Hammons could be next in line.

It’s not as if the center didn’t show signs of becoming a dominant defensive presence. Here he is halting a drive by Denzel Valentine, who was drafted 14th overall, before recovering in time to contest a shot.

That doesn’t appear to be a player who will be unable to adjust to the pace of the NBA game, especially as he is likely to come off the bench and compete against second units early in his career. Hammons was able to elevate his game at Purdue when competing against top-level prospects like Valentine and Stone, and that’s a better indicator of the player he’ll become in the NBA than anything else.

Rick Carlisle on A.J. Hammons

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle addresses the media after selecting A.J. Hammons with the 46th pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

The Mavericks are also very high on his ability to rebound the ball, having never finished below fifth in the conference in both offensive and total rebound percentage while at Purdue. Hammons never averaged below 10 rebounds per 40 minutes while in school and last season he averaged exactly one rebound per three minutes. That’s a significant rate for a center, and that sets a pretty high, yet reasonable, expectation level for Hammons to achieve as a pro.

Offensive ability

He’s not all size and strength, and that’s why Hammons is such a good pick at 46. He’s got a multi-dimensional offensive skill set, featuring ready-made inside-outside ability that you don’t find too often from a 7-footer in the draft, let alone in the second round. He scored in double-figures all four years in school, peaking last season at 15.0 points per game as he became the focal point of the Purdue offense. He led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (59.2) and effective field goal percentage (60.1), and finished fifth in true shooting percentage (62.3). He has plenty of talent and already possesses an outside touch deserving of the green light from anywhere inside 18 feet.

Starting from the outside and working our way in, Hammons displayed a very nice perimeter jump shot last season. He made 22 of 47 jumpers, according to Synergy Sports, including 6 of 11 from deep. That efficiency — 1.064 points per possession on those 47 shots — ranked in the 80th percentile in the entire NCAA among jump-shooters. Don’t forget that he’s 7 feet tall and can block shots.

How can he use that ability within the Mavs’ pick-and-roll heavy offense? That depends on who he’s playing around, for sure, but Dallas generally spaces the floor better than most teams in the league, meaning Hammons’ reads will be pretty easy in the P&R. If there’s a roll alley, go to the rim and wait for the lob. If there’s not, make yourself available for an 18-footer and knock it down.

Beginning with jump shots is almost burying the lead, as 61.9 percent of his offensive possessions last season came in the post, per Synergy. He scored 1.099 points per possession in those opportunities and shot 58.5 percent. Of more than 460 players who recorded at least 100 post-up possessions in 2015-16, only 32 scored more efficiently than Hammons. He also scored 1.0 PPP when facing a hard double-team, demonstrating that he has the physicality and footwork necessary to withstand that pressure and still finish.

The right block is where he did the most damage last season, shooting 63.2 percent on post-ups originating from that spot. Only first-rounder Domantas Sabonis played for a major program (Gonzaga) and scored more efficiently from that spot than Hammons. He put on display all sorts of moves, including rip-throughs, baby hooks, and even some fadeaways.

He also elevated his offensive game when playing against NBA talent. Against the likes of Stone (Maryland), Deyonta Davis (Michigan State), and Damian Jones (Vanderbilt) — each of whom was drafted before Hammons — the newest Maverick averaged 19.3 points per game in the regular season. He saved his best stuff for the best opposition. Purdue was 3-1 in those games.

There’s a lot to be excited about with Hammons. He’s a big-time player with an NBA-ready body and skill set, shot-blocking and rebounding prowess, nice touch from the outside, and, most importantly, he’s got a lot to prove. Donnie Nelson described Hammons as a lottery-level talent, and he’s dead-on with that assessment. If he can turn the questions of his motor into a positive and prove to the Mavericks and the rest of the NBA that it was misguided criticism, not only will he have a fruitful career, but the Mavs will have found themselves a pretty incredible value in the second round.

Mavericks draft A.J. Hammons with 46th pick

Rick Carlisle on A.J. Hammons

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle addresses the media after selecting A.J. Hammons with the 46th pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

The Mavericks have drafted center A.J. Hammons with the 46th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hammons, a senior from Purdue, averaged 15.0 points per game last season, adding 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

At 7 feet tall with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, the 250-pound Hammons has the physical makeup and skill set to compete in the NBA right away. He led the Big Ten in block percentage all four years in college. The 23-year-old also led the conference in PER, blocks per game, and defensive rating during his senior season.

Who do the experts predict the Mavs will draft tomorrow night?

While most of the buzz surrounding tomorrow’s NBA Draft right now has to do with what the Boston Celtics will do with the No. 3 overall pick — whether they’ll trade it for a young player or use it on a top prospect is still in question — the Mavs might be paying careful attention to what Boston will do at No. 16.

That’s the pick Dallas ultimately sacrificed to the Celtics, along with three players and a second-round pick, for Dwight Powell and Rajon Rondo during the 2014-15 season. Had the Mavs found a way to make the deal without surrendering the pick, they’d be able to use that pick on a rising prospect. Instead, Dallas must wait until the second round, pick No. 46, to make a selection.

In most years, the second round is top-heavy. This year, however, it’s deeper than it’s been in some time.

It seems age is the biggest thing separating most players projected to fall to the second round from those who will be taken later in the first round. Many players in this draft with a second-round grade are 21 or 22, while it feels like more and more underclassmen are declaring for the draft year-by-year. While it’s nice to acquire a 19-year-old prospect with a high ceiling, the Mavs will instead be drafting a polished prospect with years of college experience, though generally those players have lower ceilings due to their advanced age.

One advantage when drafting older, and later: Players have been coached at a high level for longer, and they understand they must work incredibly hard in order to stay in this league, giving them a built-in hunger to get better. Think of guys the Mavs have drafted in the second round in recent seasons — Jae Crowder and Bernard James — and you’ll see that they have in common a selflessness and relentless work ethic, and that matters to a head coach like Rick Carlisle. Dallas struck gold last year by drafting Justin Anderson, a first-round talent with three years’ experience at the D-I level and the work ethic of a desperate second-rounder. That’s quite the package. Now it’s up to the Mavs to make it happen once again, albeit more than 20 picks later.

Of course, none of this means the Mavericks will stay at 46. Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson have already hinted they are interested in trying to move up, perhaps even as far as into the back end of the first round, if the price is right. There’s also the chance Dallas could buy a pick in the second round, or also trade back or even sell their own if the players they want in that range have already been taken. They could even draft-and-stash a player who plans to spend another couple years in Europe refining his game. The second round is absolutely wild in most drafts, and given the depth of this one, it could be even crazier than in a typical year.

But for the sake of this exercise, let’s assume the Mavericks will stay at No. 46. Who will they take? Who will be around? While we don’t know the answer for sure, we can turn to the experts around the country to see who they project the Mavs will target in tomorrow night’s draft.


Robert Carter Jr. – PF, Maryland (Junior)

Carter is a very interesting prospect in that he represents how difficult playing power forward is in this era of the NBA. He averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds during his junior season with Maryland and was top-10 in the Big Ten in rebounds per game, blocks per game, true shooting percentage, defensive rating, and PER. That’s an impressive stat line for sure, but 4s these days must be able to knock down the 3-point shot. While he shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc in his junior season, he’s got to prove to NBA teams that he can further improve from deep. If he can do that, he’s got the chance to become a very solid rotation player.

Carter stands a shade under 6-foot-9 and weighs 251 pounds, an ideal size for a small-ball power forward, and his 7-foot-3 wingspan will help him both on the glass and when defending taller players. He’s got the physical makeup and he’s got the interior offensive talent. All that’s missing is a reliable outside jumper, but the Mavericks have been known in the past to unlock young players’ 3-point shooting ability. Carter would be a very intriguing prospect.

CBS Sports (Sam Vecenie)

A.J. Hammons – C, Purdue (Senior)

This would be a pick the Mavs would have to feel happy about. Based on talent alone, Hammons is a first-round-caliber player. However, he’s 23 years old and played for a Purdue team which underperformed in the postseason, getting upset in the opening round. The center averaged 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game for the Boilermakers last season, completely overwhelming his opponents physically with his 7-foot, 278-pound frame and 7-foot-3 wingspan. He led the Big Ten in PER last season as a result. More promising is how efficiently he scored, shooting 59.2 percent from the field while constantly remaining the center of every opponent’s attention defensively. He also hit 6 of 11 3-point attempts which, although a very limited sample size, suggests he has the potential to expand his range in the pros. His 70.9 free throw percentage is solid for a big man and backs up that notion. With coaching and dedication, he could become a rangy 278-pounder.

Defensively, to call him a disruptor would be an understatement. He led the Big Ten in block percentage all four years in college and led the conference in blocks per game and defensive rating during his senior season. He has the size, strength, and ability to compete with the league’s largest players from day one of his rookie season. The reason he could slip this far is he’ll be 24 years old by opening night. Still, that should not detract teams from taking him in the second round.

CBS Sports (Gary Parrish)

Jake Layman – SF, Maryland (Senior)

At 6-foot-9 and 209 pounds, Layman has the size to potentially play as either a small-ball 4 or a traditional small forward in the NBA. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season playing alongside Robert Carter at Maryland, shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 39.6 percent on four 3-point attempts per game. Those are very solid numbers for a perimeter player, and he finished fourth in the Big Ten in true shooting percentage. In a more wide-open offense than the one in which he played at Maryland, he could be a productive, efficient offensive player. Layman and his teammate Rasheed Sulaimon were the only two Terrapins to shoot better than 35 percent from deep on more than one attempt per game, leaving the Maryland perimeter starved for breathing room.

While your first instinct might be to wonder why the Mavericks would draft another wing after selecting Justin Anderson last season, remember that you can never have enough perimeter players in the modern NBA. Size and athleticism in the frontcourt will always help to win games, but winning in the regular season requires depth and versatility on the wing, too. Layman might only be the fourth or fifth option right away, but Carlisle plays more guys than almost any other coach, and shooting and length around the 3-point arc is such an invaluable commodity these days.


Chinanu Onuaku – C, Louisville (Sophomore)

While one of Hammons’ weaknesses is his age, that’s not an issue for Onuaku, who doesn’t turn 20 until November. The sophomore averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game for Louisville last season, but didn’t get a chance to shine against top-level talent in any tournaments as the Cardinals self-imposed a postseason ban. That should not take away from what scouts think of Onuaku, however, as he has the strength (245 pounds) and physicality (a 7-foot-3 wingspan and 33.5-inch vertical leap) to become an impact player in this league. In many mock drafts he’s projected to go in the 30s, so it’d be a small surprise if he was still on the board by 46.

If Onuaku stood 7-feet tall, he’d easily be a first-round pick. But the sophomore is only 6-foot-10, and that’s a huge, huge reason why he could potentially fall out of the first round. You’d ideally want a starting center to at least push 7 feet, so Onuaku will have to prove to his organization that he can overcome that issue by becoming stronger and further developing his instincts and motor on the inside. He was a force on the inside at Louisville, shooting 62.0 percent from the field and finishing third in the NCAA in Box Plus/Minus and second in defensive rating. There’s no question he has the skill to play, but he’s going to have to earn it.


Stephen Zimmerman – C, UNLV (Freshman)

Zimmerman is another player who runs counter to the “old players only” narrative among second-round talent. There aren’t many good reasons a player as skilled and young as he is with his build — 7 feet tall, 234 pounds, with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and 35-inch vertical — should fall out of the first round, aside from his team suffering through a down year. On an individual level, Zimmerman was beginning to shine in conference play before a knee sprain sidelined him for a few weeks, limiting him to just 26 games at the collegiate level before the declared for the draft.

But he didn’t fail to impress during that stretch, averaging 10.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks on 47.7 percent shooting for the Runnin’ Rebels. While he was used primarily in the post at the NCAA level, Zimmerman has much more potential as a pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop player in the NBA. And while he averaged only 0.8 assists per game with UNLV, many scouts and analysts are high on his floor vision and ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. The problem at UNLV was he was a square peg whom they tried to fit into a round hole. He projects to be much more comfortable in a wide-open offense with space to create for himself and for others.

No matter who the Mavericks draft tomorrow night, that player is going to come with at least one question mark. That’s why they have fallen into the second round to begin with. However, this year’s second round appears to be deeper and more talented than those of years past, thanks in large part to the huge number of underclassmen declaring early for the draft, not to mention a huge influx of overseas talent declaring as well.

There are plenty of solid players to be had at No. 46, so now we all must wait and see what the Mavs will do with their selection when that moment comes.

Mavs could find ‘gem’ in second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft

DALLAS — Despite currently sitting on the outside looking into the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks believe that they could still possibly nab a difference maker before the end of the night.

Sending the 16th overall pick to Boston as part of the exchange with the Celtics last season for the services of four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, the Mavericks currently hold just the 46th selection in the second round of the draft. The Dallas front office could now attempt to buy its way into the first round, seeking a Day 1 contributor that’s capable of stepping in right away. The Mavs could also opt to stand pat, hoping that the right player falls into their lap to continue a recent run of second-round standouts. And according to veteran guard Devin Harris, that’s exactly what he sees happening.

“I mean, there’s definitely been some gems in the second round. And from workouts that I’ve seen, I think we’re definitely looking in that direction,” Harris said while making an appearance at Mavs Basketball Academy hoop camp on Tuesday.

According to DraftExpress.com, the Mavericks could decide to address a need inside, tabbing Maryland junior Robert Carter as the team’s second-round selection.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Carter averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Terrapins this season, clocking 26.6 minutes per game during his 35 outings. Carter, a former transfer from Georgia Tech, also connected on 54.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range while showcasing an inside-outside skill set that figures to translate to the next level. But it’s his 7-foot-3 wingspan that makes the 22-year-old an asset on both ends of the floor.

Meanwhile, CBSSports.com has the Mavs looking at another Maryland standout, focusing on small forward Jake Layman as the team’s selection in the second round.

The 6-9, 210-pound Layman played all four years at Maryland, filling up the stat sheet his senior year while averaging 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks in 35 games. He’s also described as an above-average shooter, connecting on 49.8 percent from the field and 39.9 percent beyond the three-point arc. And it’s that ability to stretch the court that could make Layman a viable candidate for the Mavs in the second round.

However, with an eye on 7-foot-2 center Georgics Papagiannis, NBADraft.net has the Mavericks instead going the international route while addressing their need inside.

Papagiannis, who doesn’t turn 19 years old until July 3, has played international ball since the age of 14. He averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in limited playing time for Panathinaikos in Greece this season, clocking 11.6 minutes an outing and appearing in 23 games. The 275-pounder certainly possess the size to be a force in the interior at the NBA level, but he’s also said to have good athleticism and an ability to run the floor. That said, it’s the young big man’s potential and upside that could make Papagiannis a coveted player late in the first round or early in the second.

“At some point, we always could buy into the first (round),” Harris explained. “I don’t know if that’s the point or the direction we’re going in, but second-round guys have been big in the last couple of years. And I think we’re definitely looking for one of those type of guys.”

Devin Harris expects to return better next season after toe, thumb surgeries

DALLAS — After being limited by nagging injuries throughout the course of the 2015-16 season, Dallas Mavericks veteran guard Devin Harris hopes his two summer surgeries will lead to a much more productive campaign next year.

Undergoing two procedures performed at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City on May 10, Harris had surgery on his left great toe performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley and another on his left thumb executed by Dr. Michelle Carlson. He also was required to wear a walking boot while his toe healed, stepping out of it last week while continuing to wear a brace to protect his thumb. And although he admittedly isn’t back to 100 percent, the 12-year pro fully expects to be able to return to an elite level in time for the ’16-17 season.

“(The thumb) is actually more healed than the foot,” Harris said while making an appearance at Mavs Basketball Academy’s hoop camp in Dallas on Tuesday. “It’s more precautionary than anything else, but the surgeries went well. I’m rehabbing, walking regular and just waiting to get cleared to start running and doing other stuff.”

Emerging as a top contributor off the bench for the Mavericks during his second stint with the team, Harris will certainly be counted upon again next season.

Re-signing with the Mavs during the summer of 2013, Harris then missed the first 41 games of the ’13-14 season while recovering from surgery to repair the second toe on his left foot. He later averaged 7.9 points and 4.5 assists during 20.5 minutes in 40 games upon his return. Harris then made the most of a healthy ’14-15 season, playing 76 games and posting 8.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 22.2 minutes an outing.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder averaged 7.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.0 minutes per game this season, appearing in 64 outings with the Mavs. Harris, 33, also came off the bench and averaged 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists during the Mavericks’ first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City, playing through his aches and pains to suit up in all five games. He connected on 50 percent from the field in the series as well, clocking 24.2 minutes an outing. But according to Harris, the two surgeries should help him bring even more to the table as the Mavericks try to build on this season’s success.

“You know, as I go and how I feel, I would say we continue to increase,” Harris said of his rehab process this summer. “I just got out of the boot last week and started some light walking and some kind of balance stuff. I’m still kind of limited probably for another couple of weeks. The thumb is healed, [Dr. Carlson] says, but she just wants it to be stronger, so I’ve got to wear (the brace) for another two weeks. And then I’ll be good on this.”

Mavs’ Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League schedules released

The NBA has released schedules for both the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues, and this season the Mavericks will be competing in both leagues.

The Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League kicks off on July 2 and will consist of 10 teams, including two squads from the hometown Magic. The Mavs’ schedule is as follows:

Sat. July 2 vs. OKC, 8 a.m. CT
Mon. July 4 vs. Orlando (White), 12 p.m. CT
Wed. July 6 vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. CT
Thurs. July 7 vs. Orlando (Blue), 12 p.m. CT
Fri. July 8 vs. TBD (Championship Day)

Broadcast information for the Orlando league will be released at a later date. In addition, all box scores, game recaps, and cumulative stats can be found on OrlandoMagic.com. Click here to see the full schedule.

The Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, meanwhile, begins on July 8 and will consist of 24 teams in Las Vegas. Last season Dwight Powell and Justin Anderson headlined the roster, and Anderson has recently suggested he could compete in the league once again this summer.

The Mavs’ schedule in Vegas is as follows:

Sat. July 9 – vs. Miami, 9 p.m. CT
Mon. July 11 – vs. Toronto, 5:30 p.m. CT
Tues. July 12 – vs. Boston, 5 p.m. CT
July 13-15 – Playoffs and consolation games
July 16-18 – Winners bracket games

ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, and WatchESPN. NBA TV will also televise total of 30 games. We’ll get the Mavs’ TV information out as soon as the rest of the schedule is nailed down. Click here to see the rest of the Las Vegas schedule.

The Mavs’ official rosters for both tournaments have not been released yet, as undrafted rookies and veteran free agents are eligible to compete in both tournaments. Last season, for example, undrafted rookie Brandon Ashley competed for the Atlanta Hawks in Las Vegas before signing with the Mavericks in the preseason and playing with the D-League’s Texas Legends. Ashley is one of several Legends expected to play for Dallas in Orlando, although nothing is official yet.

Between Thursday’s NBA Draft and Summer League season starting just one week later, basketball truly never stops. Keep it locked on Mavs.com to keep up with all the latest news as the offseason heats up.