Jonathan Motley has already made history with the Dallas Mavericks, now he wants to make an impact by landing a spot on the roster.
Motley, who signed a two-way contract with Dallas (the first player in franchise history to sign such a deal), is fighting for a role on the team’s roster and is determined to carve out a niche for him with the Mavs this season.
“I take it as an opportunity,” Motley told Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
“You know, any time you’re playing you’re getting better, so the more I can play I think the better it will be for me. Rick Carlisle at first just told me to do a lot of rebounding and a lot of rim running starting out, and a lot of making the mid-range shot type of stuff. And then later on we’ll talk about having the ball in my hands. But right now, it’s rim running, rebounding and making open shots.”
Dallas is infusing some youth on their roster, headlined by 1st round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. who shined in Summer League competition.
Getting a chance is what Motley wants and what he is determined to earn.
Motley was invited to be part of the Mavs’ Orlando Summer League squad and made an impact in limited minutes putting up 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 block per game.
Motley is likely to start in the G-League before heading to the Mavericks and understands the journey ahead of him.
“That’s how a lot of people started,” Motley said.
“You’ve got to start off where you get in at. The league is full of scorers. Yeah, I shouldered a lot of the scoring load at Baylor, but sometimes it’s a little bit different in the NBA.
You’ve got to get adjusted to the game, coaches have got to have confidence in you, the staff has got to have confidence in you, and that could take years of just producing. So, if I produce over the years, maybe I could become a scorer like I was in college.”