This week during NBA Summer League, the D-League has been taking time out on its website to recognize some of the top performing alumni playing in Las Vegas. Among those to be honored and make the cut thus far include the likes of Andrew Goudelock, Malcolm Thomas, and Lester Hudson.
The league website has been breaking things down and naming different players each day. Texas Legends All-Star (and one-time Dallas Mavericks' call-up) Justin Dentmon just wants to be included.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/nbadleague">@nbadleague</a> I’m not a alumni? .</p>— IG:justindentmon (@JustinDentmon) <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinDentmon/statuses/357218077735268354">July 16, 2013</a></blockquote>
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As fate would have it, Dentmon was actually ineligible for such an honor at the date of his tweet. The Mavericks didn't play on Monday. Instead, they played Tuesday, losing to the D-League Select Team by a score of 82-77. Dentmon responded by scoring 5 points on 2 of 6 from the field, and committing three turnovers and eight fouls (the limit is ten in Summer League).
Such stats in a losing effort aren't very noteworthy for positive reasons. Still, at this point, NBA teams should know what Dentmon can do regardless. Able to score in bunches, Dentmon can be aggressive by driving to the hoop or being bold enough to step back for the long ball. He has the potential to serve as a second or third string spark plug.
As Summer League postseason gets underway on Wednesday, perhaps he'll have an opportunity to bounce back.