Yogi Ferrell has signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks after he showed he could play at a high level as a starter for the team the past two weeks. Ferrell was on a 10-day contract but was already named the starting point guard in Dallas.
It was a successful audition as he earned his first huge contract in the league. Before signing with Dallas, Ferrell was with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season but was waived. He also spent time in the NBA Developmental League (D-League) as part of the Long Island Nets, the affiliate of the Brooklyn NBA franchise.
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The value of Ferrell’s two-year deal is not yet revealed. However, it is expected to be bigger than the current 10-day contract that pays him just about $31,000.
Yogi Ferrell is 23-year-old rookie out of Indiana University. In four games for the Mavericks, he has averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He is shooting at 44.4% from the field and 52.0% from the three-point area with Dallas. The Mavericks are also 4-0 with him in the starting line-up.
Ferrell spent four years in college basketball and was a three-time All-Big Ten performer. In college, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 137 collegiate games. He is the all-time assists leader in Indiana Hoosiers history.
But Yogi Ferrell went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. In four games for the Mavericks, he showed he could be a regular starter in the league. Dallas is on a four-game winning streak including wins over quality teams San Antonio Spurs and defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers.
Yogi Ferrell impressive in 4 starts for Dallas Mavericks
In their last game versus the Portland Trail Blazers, Ferrell scored a career-high 32 points and shot 9-of-11 from the three-point area. He tied the most three-pointers made by a rookie with the performance.
Ferrell was playing so well in that game that he felt “he couldn’t miss,” the point guard said in post-game interviews. Ferrell also hit a clutch three-pointer in the final seconds that gave the Mavericks the win.
Yogi Ferrell had 19 points against the Cavaliers and had 9 points, 7 assists and 2 steals against the Spurs. In all his NBA games so far, Ferrell is not only a starter but has played at least 36 minutes per game.
After the two-year deal, Ferrell will try to show that he deserves the big NBA contract. The Mavericks take on the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic in their next four games.
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