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Josh Reaves Is Lighting Up The NBA Summer League

The former Penn State standout has put together a highlight reel in three games of action for the Mavericks.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

Where was that shot a few months ago?

Of course he’s still doing what made him a fan-favorite in State College:

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.