The Dallas Mavericks will kick off the 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League against the New York Knicks, Saturday, July 1st. The game will air on NBA-TV at 2 p.m. CST.
Mavs draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. is not scheduled to make his debut until the Las Vegas Summer League, July 7-17. Mark Gottfried, who coached him at NC State, will serve as an assistant coach on the Mavs Summer League staff.
One player to watch is Baylor’s Johnathan Motley the undrafted center whom the Mavericks just signed to a two-way deal. Under the new G-League rules, these contracts allow “two-way” players to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, spending most of the season in the NBA G League, in this case, the Texas Legends.
Motley, a power forward, lead the Bears to its first program number one ranking last year. He was named the winner of the Karl Malone Award as the country’s best college power forward. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 17 points per game (on 54 percent shooting) and 10 rebounds per game last season. He has a wingspan measuring 7-foot-4, a standing reach of 9-foot-3 and a 36-inch vertical.
This is the second consecutive year the Mavericks have participated in the Orlando Pro Summer League which will be held July 1-16 at the Amway Center.
NBA TV will continue its coverage of Mavericks Summer League play on July 3rd when it will broadcast Dallas’ matchup with Orlando at 2:00 pm CT. All games throughout the Orlando Summer League will be televised on NBA TV.
The Mavericks will also play Indiana at 2:00 pm CT on July 4th and then take on Oklahoma City at 12:00 pm CT on July 5th before heading into “Championship Day”. Each team is guaranteed to play five games over the six-day event, with the final standings decided by a Championship Day on the final day of the league on July 6th.
Game 1: Saturday, July 1 2:00 pm CT vs. New York Broadcasted on NBA TV and TXA 21
Game 2: Monday, July 3 2:00 pm CT vs. Orlando Broadcasted on NBA TV
Game 3: Tuesday, July 4 2:00 pm CT vs. Indiana Broadcasted on NBA TV
Games 4: Wednesday, July 5 12:00 pm CT vs. Oklahoma City Broadcasted on NBA TV
Games 5: Thursday, July 6 TBD TBD Broadcasted on NBA TV