Watch: Josh Reaves Makes NBA Debut As Luka Doncic Helps Mark the Occasion

By Dan Smith on January 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm
Former Penn State Foward Josh Reaves
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Former Penn State star Josh Reaves made his NBA debut Thursday night with the Dallas Mavericks. The 22-year-old guard was signed by the Mavericks to a two-way contract in July, and had spent the season to this point playing with the Texas Legends, the Mavericks G League affiliate located in Frisco.

While Reaves entered in the final minute of the game and missed his lone field goal attempt, it was still a major accomplishment for the undrafted Penn State graduate. Casual fans may have missed out on the major moment for the rookie. One person who did not, however, was his teammate Luka Doncic. The second-year star made a beeline for the referee after the final buzzer to snag the game ball, a souvenir for his teammate's debut.

Reaves is having a solid season in the G League. In 21 games played, he is averaging 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game, with his steal numbers 15th in the G League. He has shot 32 percent from beyond the arc. The aggressive defender will hope to improve that mark and make himself a valid 3-and-D wing at the NBA level.

With Reaves on a two-way deal with the Mavericks, he can only spend 45 days with the club until they must sign him to a full NBA contract. Dallas is in contention, currently tied for fifth in the Western Conference, so it is likely that Reaves returns to the G League to get regular playing time, but another Penn State player making the NBA is great for not just Reaves, but for the program as well.