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Mavs' Ferrell, Motley proving draft not only path to NBA

Brian Gosset, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Basketball

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks seem to have a thing for undrafted rookie magic.

Last season, Yogi Ferrell went from being undrafted to the NBA all-rookie second team.

He sparked the Dallas Mavericks right away -- averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals through his first four games, all victories.

The Indiana product averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 29.0 minutes in 36 games with the Mavs, including 29 starts. He shot 40.3 percent behind the 3-point arc and 87.7 percent from the free-throw line.

"A lot of undrafted guys have made it," Ferrell said. "So I'm just another guy that can prove you don't have to be drafted to make it into this league."

An all-rookie honor that made Ferrell the eighth player in franchise history to receive it -- and the first since the 2003-04 season -- the Mavericks point guard is looking to maintain his momentum into his second year.

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"Biggest area I wanted to improve was vision -- to see the court and be able to see everything -- and to take advantage on what the defense gives us," he said.

Ferrell scored 12 points and added two steals in 18 minutes Monday night as Dallas defeated Milwaukee, 106-104.

On Wednesday night, He added 10 points and three assists in 18 minutes as the Mavericks routed the Chicago Bulls, 118-71 in Dallas' second game of the NBA preseason.

Dallas has eight point guards on the roster. "I don't think Yogi is fazed at all," coach Rick Carlisle said "He just goes at it, and that's one of the things I like about him."

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