When February began, Yogi Ferrell was a Call-Up from the NBA D-League playing on a 10-day contract. Now he’s the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month.
The former Long Island Nets standout earned the honor of Thursday alongside Sixers forward Dario Saric, who took home the Eastern Conference’s award.
It’s just the latest step of Ferrell’s dream season. After going undrafted despite leaving Indiana as the Hoosiers’ all-time career assists leader, Ferrell has spent much of the early part of his rookie year with the Nets’ new NBA D-League affiliate.
He was originally a Brooklyn Nets assignee, then was waived by Brooklyn on Dec. 8, rejoining Long Island as an NBA D-League prospect available to all 30 NBA teams.
Signed by the Mavericks on Jan. 28, Ferrell proceeded to join the starting lineup and lead Dallas to a 4-1 record during those 10 days, averaging 17.2 points and 5.0 assists. That included a 32-point explosion against the Blazers on ESPN (Feb. 3) in which he tied the NBA rookie record with nine three-pointers.
For the month, he led all Western Conference rookies in scoring (12.0 ppg), assists (4.7 apg) and minutes (31.5 mpg). After averaging 18.7 points and 5.8 assists in 18 NBA D-League games, Ferrell now has a chance to vault himself into NBA Rookie of the Year consideration.