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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Dominique Jones has hot start in D-League

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- Dominique Jones probably didn't think the most action he'd see in a game so far would come in Frisco and not Dallas, and in the NBDL and not the NBA.

But, that's the way it is for a late first-round draft pick on a team loaded with veterans and off to a 13-4 start. After Monday's win over the Houston Rockets, Jones was sent to the D-League Texas Legends, co-owned by Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, to play in the Legends' home opener on Tuesday night. He likely remain with the Legends to close out the homestand with games on Friday and Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard known for his strong drives to the basket delivered a 25-point performance in the Legends' 135-112 victory. Inserted into the starting lineup, Jones hit 10-of-14 shots, drained his lone 3-point attempt and made 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He had five assists, three rebounds, two steals and just one turnover in 31 minutes.

With the Mavs, Jones logged 24 minutes in the month of Novemeber. Eight of those came during garbage time in Monday's game.

"He did well," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who took in the game at Dr Pepper Arena. "I liked the way he played."

When Jones returns to the Mavs, minutes will still be hard to come by. DeShawn Stevenson has grabbed the starting role ever since inserted there early in the opening weeks. Jason Terry gets starters minutes, J.J. Barea gets time there and Roddy Beaubois is slowly, but surely on the mend and is expected to eventually be the starter at shooting guard.