Feb 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives toward the basket between Dallas Mavericks center Bernard James (5) and Jae Crowder (9) during the first quarter at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks send Jae Crowder, Bernard James, Shane Larkin to D-League


The Dallas Mavericks surprisingly sent three players to the NBA’s Developmental League Thursday.

Swingman Jae Crowder, big man Bernard James and rookie point guard Shane Larkin will all play for the Texas Legends according to the Associated Press.

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned Jae Crowder, Shane Larkin and Bernard James to the NBA Development League for a likely one-game stay and have recalled Ricky Ledo.

All three regulars on the Dallas roster were set to be available for a home game Thursday night for the team’s D-League affiliate in suburban Frisco. The Mavericks play at home Friday night against Chicago.

Crowder, the 34th overall pick of the 2013 draft, was probably the biggest surprise. He has played in 58 games and is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game.

James was the 33rd pick of the 2012 draft. He is averaging just 1.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 4.9 minutes per game while appearing in 24 games.

Larkin, the 18th overall pick of this summer’s draft, has battled injuries and has appeared in 40 games. He’s averaging 3.0 points, 1.6 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game.

The Mavericks recalled guard Ricky Ledo from the Legends. He’s averaging 1.7 points per game in 11 games.

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