Iowa hasn’t had a great track record of getting basketball players to the NBA as of late, but it looks like one of their most recent stars is finally going to get a shot at the NBA, as the Dallas Mavericks signed former star Jarrod Uthoff to a 10-day contract.
The Dallas Mavericks plan to sign forward Jarrod Uthoff of Fort Wayne to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 8, 2017
Uthoff, who went undrafted in this past summer’s NBA Draft, has averaged 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game through 35 appearances this season split between the Raptors 905 and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He’s shooting just as well as you might remember from him, hitting at 48.5% from the field and 48.3% from three-point range. That 3FG% is absolutely RIDICULOUS.
A 10-day contract might not seem like a whole lot, but former Indiana standout Yogi Ferrell recently earned his stay on the Mavericks roster while on a 10-day contract. Since joining the Mavs, he has averaged 32.1 minutes per game and is averaging over 12 points and five assists per game. All of that is to say this: Jarrod Uthoff absolutely has a shot at sticking with the team, or at the very least impressing someone else enough to earn a new contract. In the length of Uthoff’s contract, Dallas plays Brooklyn, Phoenix, Toronto, Washington, and Philadelphia - there should be plenty of opportunities to impress in at least a few of those games.
Here’s one last fun thought - Uthoff basically shoots a Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway jumper already. Who better to teach him how to perfect that shot than say, a guy who recently scored his 30,000th career point that has the name of Dirk Nowitzki? Probably no one. While Dirk has a bit more bulk to him than Uthoff, I’d imagine that there’s a lot Uthoff can learn from the German during his time in Dallas as their games are actually pretty similar.
This move now gives Iowa hoops a grand total of one alumnus in the NBA after Devyn Marble made the move to Euroball in 2016. After some pretty lean years in regards to Iowa Hawkeyes in the NBA, it’s great to see some players getting an opportunity in the Association again, even if for a short period of time.
Congratulations, Mr. Uthoff, and we hope you the best of luck in the National Basketball Association!