After not playing a single minute in the first contest of the Dallas Mavericks 2019 NBA Summer League slate on Friday night, former Oregon State guard Stephen Thompson Jr. took hold of his much-needed chance late in the second half of Saturday’s game.
In a blowout win for the Mavs over the Houston Rockets, Thompson Jr. made good of his eight minutes of court-time, pouring in a quick 8 points on a 3-5 performance from the field, which included connecting on two of his three attempts from behind the arc. The 6’ 3” guard also picked up a rebound, an assist and a foul in his brief time on the floor.
Thompson Jr.’s role for Dallas’ summer league squad may be that of a scarcely used bench talent, as through the team’s first two contests, the emphasis has been more on the evaluation of potential roster pieces, such as consistently in transit guard Cameron Payne, former Arkansas stand-out Daryl Macon and one-time Southeast Missouri State legend, Antonius Cleveland. The team has also been focused on the play of Nebraska product Isaiah Roby, who was selected with the 45th pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
However, we’ll keep our hopes up here at Building The Dam that Stephen finds some more opportunities to see the floor and showcase his talents not only for Dallas’ scouts, but from those around the NBA and the world, who take note of the NBA Summer League festivities. To keep up on Thompson Jr.’s schedule over the next week (as well as some other notable games you should see), check out our 2019 NBA Summer League primer.