DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed rookie guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell to a multi-year contract. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ferrell (6-0, 180) originally signed a 10-day contract on Jan. 28 and has helped the Mavericks to a 4-1 record since arriving in Dallas. He helped the Mavericks sweep a pivotal back-to-back at San Antonio (1/29) and vs. Cleveland (1/30) in his first two games and scored a career-high 32 points (11-17 FGs, 9-11 3FGs, 1-2s FTs) and a team-high five assists at Portland (2/3). The 6-foot point guard out of Indiana became the first undrafted rookie in NBA history to score 30-plus points and also lead his team in assists.
After connecting on nine 3-pointers at Portland, Ferrell tied the NBA’s rookie record for 3-pointers in a single game, originally set by the Mavericks’ own Roddy Beaubois (at GS, 3/27/10), and joined 2017 All-Stars Stephen Curry, James Harden and Isaiah Thomas as one of only four players to hit nine 3-pointers in a single game this season.
In five games (all starts) with the Mavericks, Ferrell is averaging 17.2 points, 5.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting .431 from the field and .500 from behind-the-arc.
The Indianapolis native went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 9, 2016. Ferrell saw action in 10 games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per contest before being waived on Dec. 8, 2016.
When Ferrell was called up to the Mavericks, he was playing for the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League. In 18 games (all starts) with Long Island, he averaged 18.7 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 35.7 minutes per game. His 5.8 assists per contest ranked eighth