FRISCO -- Mickey McConnell is a realist.
A point guard for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, McConnell was the last player the Dallas Mavericks released at the end of training camp on Oct. 28. With the Mavs already having point guards Jose Calderon, Gal Mekel, Shane Larkin and Devin Harris with guaranteed contracts, McConnell had resigned himself to the fact that his days with the Mavs were going to come to a close.
"I knew the roster situation and the contract situation, so it would be a long shot,'' McConnell said following a Legends' practice session. "But I knew I had (the D-League) to go to, so I was excited either way just to get through the experience of the whole training camp.
"It definitely got me ready for this season.''
McConnell is averaging 10.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 28.7 minutes per game this season for the Legends. He also is shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range and is happy with his position with the Legends.
"It's a good organization and a really talented team, so its been a good experience,'' McConnell said. "We’ve been playing pretty well, so I can’t complain.''
McConnell, 24, also isn't complaining that he's in the D-League and not in the NBA.
"Obviously that’s why most guys are here,'' McConnell said, referring to the NBA. "But it's not really on my mind.
"It’s just kind of 'take care of business' and whatever happens happens. And if I do the things that I need to do down here, then something will come of it.''
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