Each week, ESPNDallas.com will take a look at the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks, to see how the two teams are working hand in hand.
Eric Griffin was a standout player at this year's Las Vegas Summer League. Playing for the Mavericks, the 6-foot-8 Griffin averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 19.3 minutes per game. The Mavs were impressed enough with Griffin's game to sign him to a nonguaranteed contract before the end of summer league.
The 24-year-old who went undrafted in 2012 saw action in two preseason games with the Mavs and was waived, but the Texas Legends quickly picked him up.
Displaying an active motor, the athletic forward from Campbell University has averaged 20.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 3.1 blocks in 37.4 minutes per game for the Legends, looking the part of an NBA rotational player.
"It's been pretty good," Griffin said of his time in Frisco. "It's just a work in progress. I'm trying to get to the highest level possible, and that's the NBA."
Griffin, who spent his first two professional seasons playing overseas, in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Italy, is not the type of player you design plays for, but he manages to find ways to fill up the stat sheet.
"It's not all about scoring," Griffin said. "I can play defense. I'm happy getting a block just as much as I would getting a basket. I just like making plays."
For now, Griffin sees each day as a new chance to show he's ready to play in the NBA.
"You've just got to be ready and stay focused," Griffin said. "You never know when a team may need you."
Mark your calendars
After a win against the Rio Grande Vipers, the 5-2 Legends host the Oklahoma City Blue at Dr. Pepper Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The Legends then hit the road next week to face the Iowa Energy, Austin Spurs and Blue. Each game can be seen live on the D-League's YouTube Channel.
But not least ...
With the Legends heading out on the road this week, the Mavericks recalled Ricky Ledo on Thursday. He started all four of his games with the Legends and averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assist and 2.0 steals in 33.3 minutes per game.
Sources indicated Thursday that the Legends will sign veteran forward Ivan Johnson. The 6-8 forward spent time with the Mavericks during summer league and training camp. With Bernard James signing a deal to play in China, the Legends needed a bruising big man in the middle.