Each week, ESPNDallas.com will take a look at the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks, in order to see how the two are working hand in hand to improve one another.
While the Texas Legends didn't qualify for the D-League playoffs and lost two of their last three games of their season on their home floor, there were bright spots that can be taken away from the 2014-15 season.
The versatile forward was the team's biggest standout during the 2014-15 season. As one of the top options of the team, Griffin averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and a team-high 2.4 blocks per game. Despite his performance during the season, Griffin didn't earn and NBA call-up during the season. Expect Griffin to return to Las Vegas this summer to participate in the summer league like he did this past year. His performance in Vegas earned him a training camp invite by the Mavs.
Powell spent a healthy portion of his rookie year in the D-League. If his performances were an indicator of his future, the Mavs could have themselves a solid rotational player for the foreseeable future. In eight games with Texas this season while he was on on assignment from the Mavs, Powell averaged 28.3 points and shot 60.0 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from 3-point range. The big man also averaged 9.4 rebounds in those eight games. The first summer after a rookie season is often the most critical one for a young player. A strong work ethic and desire to improve could force the Mavs to keep Powell in the rotation and out of Frisco.
The 12-year NBA veteran showed that he still had something left in the tank this season in the D-League. James averaged 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and a team-high 6.9 assists in 44 games of action for the Legends this season. With no signs of wanting to retire, James left his business card out on the floor for NBA GMs and scouts this season with his efforts for the Legends this season.
The returning Denton was a late arrival for the Legends during the season, but his reputation as a deadly shooter was on full display while he was a part of the team. Dentmon was a steady hand as a shooter for the Legends, scoring 16.3 points per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, 43.9 percent from 3-point range. His shooting percentage from beyond the arc was quite impressive, considering he shot a team-high 6.3 attempts from 3-point range in his 13 games with Texas.
Famous came to the Legends by way of the Iowa Energy. In 10 games with the Energy this season Famous averaged 12.4 points, 15.9 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks. With a little more opportunity with the Legends, Famous averaged 18.1 points, a team-high 14.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. At 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, Famous is an intriguing big man prospect.
Mark your calendars
The team announced this week that registration is now open for their Texas Legends Youth Summer Camp. The four-day camp is for boys and girls between ages 6-14 who are looking to improve their game, compete in fun camp contests, and interact with the Legends.
With three weeks to pick from, everyone can find a week to get the camp experience or can attend all three weeks. The camps run from June 15-18, July 27-30, and August 10-13.
To hear more about the Texas Legends Youth Summer Camp, you can get more information at the Legends’ website.
But not least …
The Legends did reach their goal of wearing 24 different jerseys as a representation of 24 charitable partnerships for each home game during the season. Whether it was a local, regional, or national charity, the Legends wanted to create an awareness to the charities.
The Legends actually had a total of 26 jerseys: the 24 home jerseys for each charity and their traditional home and away jerseys.