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Jones’ signing adds depth, athleticism

The Mavericks signed 6-5 Derrick Jones Jr. with their 15th and final available contract slot last week, but he is far from a 15th man.

He also is more than simply a great dunker, although his still-superior athleticism is one of the reasons the Mavericks acquired the 2020 slam-dunk contest winner.

He’s entering his eighth NBA season. In the past five years, he’s averaged 19.3 minutes per game, 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds. He’s also been a terrific shot-blocker-per-minute-played for a swingman.

Add it up and it’s the kind of athletic player that the Mavericks have always needed.