Mavs sign Ferrell to multi year deal

by Dan M | Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2017

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The Dallas Mavericks announced this week that they have signed
rookie guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell to a multi-year contract. Ferrell
(6-0, 180) originally signed a 10-day contract on Jan. 28 and has
helped the Mavericks to a 4-1 record since arriving in Dallas. He
helped the Mavs sweep a pivotal back-to-back at San Antonio (1/29) and
vs. Cleveland (1/30) in his first two games and scored a career-high
32 points (11-17 FGs, 9-11 3FGs, 1-2s FTs) and a team-high five
assists at Portland (2/3). The 6-foot point guard out of Indiana
became the first undrafted rookie in NBA history to score 30-plus
points and also lead his team in assists.
After connecting on nine 3-pointers at Portland, Ferrell tied the
NBA’s rookie record for 3-pointers in a single game, originally set by
the Mavs’ own Roddy Beaubois (at GS, 3/27/10), and joined 2017
All-Stars Stephen Curry, James Harden and Isaiah Thomas as one of only
four players to hit nine 3-pointers in a single game this season.
In five games (all starts) with the Mavs, Ferrell is averaging
17.2 pnts, 5.0 assists, 2.8 rbds and 1.8 steals while shooting .431
from field and .500 from behind-the-arc.
The Indianapolis native went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and
signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 9, 2016. Ferrell
saw action in 10 games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2
rebounds in 15.1 minutes per contest before being waived on Dec. 8,
2016.
When Ferrell was called up to the Mavericks, he was playing for
the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League. In 18 games (all
starts) with Long Island, he averaged 18.7 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9
rebounds and 35.7 minutes per game. His 5.8 assists per contest ranked
eighth in the D-League among qualifiers and he was recently named a
D-League All-Star.

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