DALLAS — The NBA announced Thursday that Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Yogi Ferrell is the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February.
The undrafted Indiana product signed a 10-day contract on Jan. 28 and helped Dallas to a 4-1 record that included a win at San Antonio on Jan. 29 and a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers the next day. Dallas locked up Ferrell to a two-year contract on Feb. 7.
Ferrell scored a career-high 32 points and a team-high five assists against the Trail Blazers on Feb. 3 to become the first undrafted rookie in league history to score 30-plus points and also lead his team in assists. In the same game, Ferrell tied the rookie record for most 3-pointers in a single game with nine, a record set originally by Dallas’ own Roddy Beaubois on March 27, 2010. Ferrell also 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 year.
Through 14 games and 11 starts with the Mavericks, Ferrell is averaging 12.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 32.3 minutes while connecting on .418 of his field goals, including .406 from the 3-point line and .885 from the free throw line.
The Park Tudor (Indianapolis) School product originally signed with the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 9 after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft. Ferrell plays in 10 games and averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 assists, and 1.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game before being let go on Dec. 8.
Ferrell was with the Long Island Nets of the NBDL when the Mavericks called him up. In 18 games for Long Island, Ferrell averaged 18.7 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 35.7 minutes per game. His 5.8 assists per contest ranked eighth in the D-League among qualifiers and he was named a D-League All-Star.
This is the seventh time in Mavericks history a rookie has won Rookie of the Month. The last time was in Nov. 2004 with guard Devin Harris. Here is a list of the previous winners:
Devin Harris – November, 2004
Jason Kidd – March, 1995
Jay Vincent – December, 1981; February, 1982; March, 1982
Mark Aguirre – November, 1981