Two former Penn State basketball players are looking to find their way onto an NBA roster next year, and that quest starts with the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Tony Carr is back with the New Orleans Pelicans for the second-straight year after spending the last season playing professional basketball in Italy. Making his debut in the professional circuit is Josh Reaves, who signed with the Dallas Mavericks last month after going undrafted.
So far it’s been Reaves who’s drawn the most attention and done the most to improve his chances of sticking in the league. His athleticism always appeared ready for the next level, but his 3-point shooting was a cause for concern and likely what kept him from getting picked in the 2nd round in June. Reaves did shoot 1-9 from the field (0-3 from 3pt-range) in his debut, but since then he’s posted back-to-back double-digit scoring outings and improved his shooting.
Josh Reaves pulled up from deeeeep here. He's shot it very well the last couple games out here. pic.twitter.com/bnbi19rPiP— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) July 8, 2019
Where was that shot a few months ago?
Very nice sequence here from Josh Reaves. pic.twitter.com/TjSsjlUfi9— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) July 8, 2019
Of course he’s still doing what made him a fan-favorite in State College:
Josh Reaves THROW IT DOWN, YOUNG MAN! pic.twitter.com/xjQS33JlQu— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) July 8, 2019
Josh Reaves is good at this basketball thing pic.twitter.com/JbJyqYJvMA— Legion of Blue (@LegionofBluePSU) July 6, 2019
It’s been a great start for Josh out in Las Vegas with the Mavericks. Today in a game against the Kings he posted 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Reaves knows that the board man gets paid, and he’ll be on his way to getting paid if he continues to play like he has so far.