The NBA Developmental League, much like North Texas’ pollen count, goes through a seasonal change as the weather segues from spring to summer. But rather than watery eyes and an itchy nose, the D-League’s side effects are characterized by shifting rosters, as trades are fired off faster than public opinions on an internet forum.
Naturally, the Texas Legends are no different, as they intend to gear up for a possible playoff push in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick look at the Legends’ freshest face, and how he landed in Frisco.
Andre Dawkins (G)
Dawkins, who won a National Championship his freshmen year at Duke , was acquired by the Legends via the Sioux Falls Skyforce straight-up for Toure Murry.
As a freshman at Duke, Dawkins was a backup guard best remembered for hitting two first-half three pointers that helped to stave off Baylor in the Elite Eight.
Undrafted in 2014, Dawkins shined during the 2014 NBA Summer League and was signed by the Miami Heat.
He had a cup of coffee with the Heat during the 2014-2015 season, seeing action in four NBA games before being re-assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Dawkins has had an immediate impact in his nine games with the Legends, averaging 12.8 ppg with 2.6 rpg and 1.8 assists per game. He’s already tied a D-League career high with seven rebounds against Idaho earlier this month, and has looked great from beyond the arc too, as he has knocked down five three-pointers on three different occasions.
A 24-year-old native of Fairfax, West Virginia, look for Dawkins to be a big factor in the stretch run as the Legends look to dip their toes in the playoff waters next month.
Check out Episode 26 of Beyond the Bounce for an excellent interview with Byron Bogar and Dawkins as he discusses his time at Duke, as well as what it’s like guarding Dwyane Wade.
You can catch Legends live via their official YouTube Channel.