The Mavericks' Kostas Antetokounmpo goes for a dunk against Taruike Jianiyou, of the Beijing Ducks, in the fourth quarter of a preseason game at American Airlines Center on September 29, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Antetokounmpo on Mavericks roster as season gets underway

Former Dayton forward expected to move to Texas Legends when G League starts play

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The Mavericks play at the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Legends begin play Nov. 3.

This is the second straight year Dayton has had a player start the season on a NBA roster. Like Charles Cooke last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Antetokounmpo is with the Mavericks on a two-way contract. Teams can spend up to 45 days in the NBA on the two-way contracts with the rest of their time spent in the G League.

Antetokounmpo played in four preseason games with the Mavericks. He averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 block and 6.7 minutes per game while shooting 87.5% (7 of 8) from the floor.

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According to the NBA, Antetokounmpo is one of 108 international players from 42 countries and territories on NBA opening-night rosters. The Mavericks have a league-high eight international players.

If Antetokounmpo sees any action for Dallas, he will be the 21st former Flyer to play in the NBA. Here’s the list of the first 20: Bucky Bockhorn (1958-65); Roger Brown (1967-75); Charles Cooke (2017-18); Johnny Davis (1976-86); Henry Finkel (1966-75); Chuck Grigsby (1954-55); Chris Harris (1955-56); Bobby Joe Hooper (1968-69); John Horan (1955-56); Chris Johnson (2012-16); Negele Knight (1990-99); Don May (1968-75); Don Meineke (1952-57); Jim Palmer (1958-61); Jim Paxson Jr. (1979-90); Jim Paxson Sr. (1956-58);; Brian Roberts (2012-17); Donald Smith (1974-75); Sedric Toney (1985-90); and Chris Wright (2011-14).

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