Mavs' Jaden Hardy drops second 30-point game in G League – The Rookie Wire

Dallas Mavericks rookie Jaden Hardy put up his second 30-point game of the season on Tuesday in the NBA G League to lead the Texas Legends to a comeback win over the Lakeland Magic.
Hardy produced a career-high 35 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in the 122-120 win. He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Legends overcame a 21-point lead in the period to win.
He is one of six players with multiple 30-point games in the G League.
The 37th pick shot 12-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, in 32 minutes. He got to his spots seemingly with ease and was very efficient on offense. He even had perhaps the highlight of the game after dropping Zavier Simpson in the fourth quarter.
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— Texas Legends (@TexasLegends) November 23, 2022

The 35-point outburst topped his previous season-high of 33 points on Nov. 5 versus the Austin Spurs. He has played very well during his seven appearances with the Legends this season, and is among the league leaders in multiple categories.
Hardy is averaging 27.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and one block on 47.5% shooting from 3-point range. He leads all players in the G League in scoring and is second in total 3s (29), fourth in field goals (64) and 12th in 3-point percentage.
The Mavericks loved the addition of Hardy and view him as a first-round talent. He proved a strong scorer last season with the Ignite and has shown that in a limited sample size this year.Ā Slipping to the second round could eventually end up being a steal for Dallas.
Hardy is using his draft-night fall to No. 37 as motivation this season and is looking to prove wrong those teams that passed on him when he gets his opportunity. That could eventually haunt some teams.
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The No. 1 pick returned to practice on Wednesday following a seven-game absence due to a sprained left ankle.
Agbaji put up his third straight game in the G League with at least 18 points with the performance.
The 76ers are reportedly waiving Foster in order to sign third-year guard Saben Lee to a two-way contract.

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