Mavs Set To Launch Summer League Team in Las Vegas

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: An exterior view of the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV before a basketball game between the Sacred Heart Pioneers and the UNLV Rebels on December 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Headed to Las Vegas today for 50th birthday weekend.

    On the agenda: Beverages. Pools. Blackjacks. Basketball?

    Who knows, maybe I’ll find some time to squeeze in a little NBA Summer League at the nearby Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Because turns out the Mavs open play Friday afternoon against the Knicks.

    For New York, there’ll be a familiar face in the form of Shane Larkin. And for the Mavs, Bernard James, Ricky Ledo, Gal Mekel and recently signed Australian guard Chris Goulding. Also on the team are former college standouts Chris Smith (Louisville) and C.J. Fair (Syracuse).

    The league runs through July 21 and most games will be televised on NBATV. The Mavs’ squad, which practices at American Airlines Center through Thursday, will be coached by assistant Kaleb Canales.

    The Mavs’ Summer League roster:

    3  Dee Bost                      G     6-2    176   Mississippi St.

    4  Chris Smith                 G     6-2     200   Louisville

    5  Bernard James          C     6-10   230   Florida State

    7  Ricky Ledo                  G     6-7     200   Providence

    8  Axel Toupane              G/F  6-6     194   France

    10  C.J. Fair                     F     6-8      215   Syracuse

    12  Eric Griffin                  F     6-8     194    Campbell

    21  James Nunnally       F     6-7      205   UC-Santa Barbara

    24  Javon McCrea           F     6-7      250   Buffalo

    26  Sean Evans               F     6-8      260   St. John’s

    32  Jackie Carmichael   F     6-9       240   Ilinois State

    33  Gal Mekel                   G     6-3      202   Israel

    43  Chris Goulding          G     6-4      203   Australia

    44 Ivan Johnson              C     6-10     230  CS-San Bernardino

     

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.