The Dallas Mavericks have signed new-born phenomenon Yogi Ferrell to a two-year extension. Yogi, a 4-year college player at Indiana, went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was signed to a deal by the Brooklyn Nets, and in hindsight true Nets fashion… it was a mistake.

Deron Williams is sidelined by an injury, while water is wet. The Mavericks gave the 23 year-old point guard a measly 10-day contract. January 28th, 2017 marks the day the contract was signed, which may go down in infamy. Let’s break down by game so far, why that’s so:

  1. Yogi debuted as a starter against Texas-Rival the San Antonio Spurs, dropping in nine points and seven assists. and helped beat the Spurs 105-101
  2. The next night Yogi scored a career-high 19 points. His 19 was crucial in another big win. This time, they toppled the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Sitting 2-0 with Yogi at the helm, coincidence?
  3. Yogi took a small step backwards — in what is considered his least efficient and impactful performance thus far. Scoring just 11 points and dishing out five assists, which is still solid for an undrafted rookie PG. Don’t let the negative vibe sway your opinion on the outcome of this game because Dallas pulled away with a 113-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
  4. Remember back when I stated that 19 points was Yogi’s career-high… check that. Friday night versus the Portland Trail Blazers, Ferrell dropped 32 points, shooting 9-11 from 3pt range. Yogi and the Mavs won all four games with Yogi starting and have won four in a row.

According to wikipedia:

“He (Yogi Ferrell) became just the third undrafted rookie in NBA history to have a 30-point game within his first 15 games, joining Connie Hawkins (twice) and Anthony Morrow.”

This has all the likeness of Jeremy Lin‘s “Linsanity” feat, back when he took over the New York Knicks in 2011-12. Lin lit Madison Square Garden on absolute fire, took the basketball world by storm, and even became a pop-culture figure. Lin was able to turn a 10-day contract into an extension and a serviceable seven-year career.

As for Ferrell, I am officially on the bandwagon. I believe Yogi is a better player than Lin, as the Mavericks have my full-attention.

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