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Two-Way Preview: Nate Hinton, Dallas Mavericks

In preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season, teams have been filling their rosters with talent, including two-way players. With former University of Houston guard, Nate Hinton, agreeing a two-way deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Hinton, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 10.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in the 2019-20 campaign. On 41% shooting from the field, 38.7% from 3-point land, and 75.6% from the FT line.

Players signed to a two-way deal spend the majority of the season in the G League. Normally two-way players are eligible to be called up to their parent team in the NBA for a maximum of 45 days per season.

With the 2020-21 season being shortened, two-way players can be active for up to 50 of the NBA’s 72-game schedule. Travel days and practices will not be included, as they have previously.

Cougars standout Nate Hinton confident as he pursues NBA dreams
(Image/Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hinton’s Journey to Dallas:

The 21-year-old wasn’t selected during the 2020 NBA Draft, but was soon snapped up on a two-way by the Mavericks. By doing so, Hinton will have the opportunity to split his time between the Mavericks in the NBA and their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

However, the Legends are believed to be one of the teams to have opted out of an Atlanta-based G League bubble. Which would represent the 2020-21 campaign. Consequently, Hinton could see playing time in the NBA as a rookie.

Hinton proved himself a prolific rebounder and a strong defender in his two seasons at the collegiate level. Leading his team in rebounds per game (8.7) and contributing to the University of Houston’s 2019-2020 regular season championship in the American Athletic Conference.

In the same season, Hinton also led the AAC in offensive rating (122.0) and win shares per 40 minutes (.210). Ultimately, he was named to the All-AAC second team.

The versatile guard was listed as a 4-star on Rivals.com and ESPN recruiting coming out of high school (Gaston Day High School). He was ranked 33rd, by position, on Rivals and received a similar positional ranking of 29 from ESPN.

Player Profile:

Hinton is a high energy player with a tireless motor on both ends of the court. His 6-foot-9 wingspan, quick feet, and active hands make him a consistent source of disruption to opponents.

He is an unselfish player that is always willing to make the extra play. When the ball is not in action, Hinton is often encouraging and cheering on his teammates. Leadership is undoubtedly one of his many strengths.

Though defense is his bread and butter, he also touts an impressive offensive arsenal. Despite lacking a large frame, Hinton carries a hidden strength that allows him to finish through contact with ease. He has a quick and confident handle that allows him to transition smoothly into a pull-up jumper or create the space for another scoring opportunity.

In his debut for the Mavericks (Dec 12), Hinton recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal in a 112-102 preseason victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The tools are definitely there, with some potential future development in the G League, for Nate Hinton to be a solid ‘3-and-D’ contributor for the Dallas Mavericks moving forward.


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