BOBBY Ray Parks’ bid to impress scouts and, hopefully, land a spot in the NBA begins on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) when the Dallas Mavericks face the New Orleans Pelicans in a Summer League game at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Parks’ Summer League debut will be televised on Sunday primetime but diehard hoops fans are expected to wake up early to watch the game on live stream beginning at 4 a.m., eager to see if Parks will play enough to make an impression in the Vegas showcase.
Despite being left undrafted last month, Parks was invited by the Mavericks to suit up for their NBA Summer League side, a big step for the son of seven-time PBA import Bobby Parks in his dream to be play in the NBA.
The 22-year-old Parks has mostly kept a low profile, not wanting to attract attention to himself as he joined the Mavericks' Summer League team in practice.
In a previous post on Instagram, Parks, the former National University standout and a one-time PBA D-League Conference MVP said he his most memorable workout was with the Mavericks, one of the five teams he joined in rookie camp.
“Dallas is such a great organization, had a great workout, and a great city. Definitely one for the books,” wrote Parks.
While the Philippines' attention will be on Parks, most of the attention in and around the NBA should be on the Mavericks' first-round pick Justin Anderson and second-rounder Satnam Singh, the first player born in India to be drafted in the NBA.
As it is, the competition for places in the Mavericks' backcourt has become even tougher with news that Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams is set to move to Dallas after reaching a buyout agreement.
Aside from Williams, former Blazers star Wes Matthews has also joined the Mavericks backcourt which also features Chandler Parsons.
“Well, the first goal is to be playing the best team basketball we can play the last game that we play,” said Dallas assistant coach Kalab Canales, who will coach the team in the Summer League, in an interview with Mavs.com.
“Obviously, anytime we get into a training-camp environment, our goal is to get better every single day, and I thought we have been the past two practices,” Canales said.
The Mavericks will face a New Orleans team that had Seth Curry, brother of reigning league MVP Steph Curry, who scored 30 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday (Saturday Manila time).
[For the rest of the Mavericks' Summer League games, see SCHEDULE]