The Former Colorado State Guard Has Agreed To A Deal With The Dallas Mavericks
Gian Clavell, the 2017 Mountain West player of the year, will get his chance on an NBA roster
Colorado State will have its first player enter the NBA since Jason Smith in 2007
Former Colorado State guard Gian Clavell has agreed in terms to a contract with the Dallas Mavericks, multiple sources reported Saturday evening.
“(Dallas Mavericks Head Coach) Rick Carlisle called me and I could not believe it,” Clavell said. “It was awesome. We talked for at least ten minutes and he was basically like just play for us, how you played against us in the summer league.”
Clavell, the 2017 Mountain West player of the year, scored 20.4 points per game last season to go with 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 steals. He also led the conference in three-point shooting percentage (38.6%), minutes per game (36.6) and points produced per game (18.3).
Though Clavell never gained much recognition on NBA Draft boards and mock drafts, his style of play has always fit the pro game. Clavell is an elite shooter, and knocked down a clutch off-balance three-pointer to tie a summer league playoff game earlier this month.
Using his excellent isolation skills, he is a consistent mismatch on the offensive side and can either attack and finish at the rim or pull up from deep. He is also a tremendous defender who has consistently shown more effort than every other player on that side of the ball.
The 6-4, 185-pound guard averaged over 12 points per game in the summer league with the Miami Heat, connecting on 45.2 percent of his field goal attempts. He will now have an opportunity to move into Dallas’ rotation for the 2017-18 season.
Calvaell played with both the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic in the summer leagues. He did have one game against the Mavericks where he shot 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and 7 of 11 overall.
The Mavericks were not the only team to pursue for Clavell’s as the Heat also had a similar offer on the table, but he ended up signing with Dallas.
“The Miami Heat gave me a chance this summer and I’ll be forever grateful,” Clavell said in a text to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “That being said I couldn’t be more excited to start my NBA journey with the Dallas Mavericks. From Rick Carlisle to Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban it’s a first class winning organization that I will come in and compete and give my all. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Clavell, a Puerto Rico native, signed a league minimum, partially guaranteed contract with Dallas. The league has not yet classified whether the contract is a two-way deal or specified the exact figures of the deal.
Clavell is the second former Ram to sign a pro deal. He joins Emmanuel Omogbo who is heading over seas to play for Victoria Libertas Pallacanestro in Italy.