As confidence grows, Bobby Ray Parks praised for helping turn Mavericks' Summer League form around
Bobby Ray Parks has played a combined 13 points in his first three Summer League games but has gained confidence as he played 15 and 21 in his next two. Photo from Mo Twister's Twitter account

BOBBY Ray Parks' longer exposure is one of the reasons why the Dallas Mavericks have started playing well in the tournament play of the NBA Summer League.

Kirk Henderson of Mavs Moneyball cited Parks’ increase in playing minutes as among the factors that enabled the Mavs to win two straight games in the win-or-go-home phase of the meet in Las Vegas after going 0-3 (win-loss) during the preliminary round.

The Mavs had beaten No. 11 seed Los Angeles Lakers the other day, and then turned back sixth-ranked NBA D-League select on Thursday (Friday morning, Manila time).

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In his article ‘4 Take Aways From the Rise of Justin Anderson,’ Henderson wrote four things he learned from Dallas’ stint in the Summer League in which he mentioned how the Mavericks' form turned around as soon as the coach started playing Parks more than starter Jordan Crawford.

“This may be overstating things, but Parks played a combined 13 minutes in the first three Dallas losses. In the past two victories, he's played 15 and 21 minutes,” noted Hederson in the team’s community website.

“There has to be something to this as the Mavericks have moved away from Jordan Crawford and towards a lineup of Kevin Pangos, Parks, and Anderson.”

Henderson was also impressed with the 22-year-old Parks’ play on Thursday (Friday Manila time) against NBA D-League select where the Mavs won, 104-88.

“10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals is pretty good for a guy who wasn't sniffing anything other than garbage time six days ago,” Henderson wrote.

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While admitting Parks may not have 'major skill' to excel in the ‘next level,’ Henderson, nevertheless was impressed that the son of former PBA import Bobby Sr. has tireless energy and does what his coaches want him to do.

“He doesn't have one major skill for the next level, but right now his motor and willingness to do what's asked of him is really important for the Mavericks,” Henderson wrote.

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