Last week, Santa Cruz Warriors swingman Antonius Cleveland signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks organization. The 23-year-old will spend up to 45 days with the Mavs and time with the Texas Legends, the team’s G League affiliate.
The first-year guard will now share a backcourt with former Santa Cruz Warrior Seth Curry, as soon as the 27-year-old sharpshooter returns from injury.
This is Cleveland’s second stint with an NBA club, as he originally signed with Golden State as a training camp invite in September after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. He tallied eight points (4-4 FG) in six minutes of action in the Warriors 108-102 preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets on September 30 before he was waived and picked up by Santa Cruz.
In six games with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the 6’6”wing averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in only 25.2 minutes per game. As Chris Reichert noted in his recent feature on Cleveland, he is able to cause havoc in the passing lanes and find high-percentage shots behind the arc and in transition.
“Every G League player strives to one day earn their NBA call-up, so I’m thrilled for Antonius to be joining the Dallas Mavericks organization and wish him the best of luck this season,” said Santa Cruz Warriors Head Coach Aaron Miles. “In six games, he showcased to the entire league his team-first attitude and ability to play on both sides of the ball.”
Cleveland is the first Santa Cruz Warrior to earn a GATORADE Call-Up since guard Elliot Williams was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies in January 2016. He is only the second NBA G League player to receive a Call-Up this season, joining Tyler Cavanaugh after he signed with the Atlanta Hawks on a two-way deal after only one game with the Erie Bayhawks.
In his short time as a Santa Cruz Warrior, Cleveland also spent time working with the local community. He recently volunteered at Delaveaga Elementary in collaboration with Playworks, a nationwide recess program to help kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play. He helped lead 200 4th and 5th graders in an inclusive play activity for the school’s recess period.
The Santa Cruz Warriors organization wish Antonius all the best this season with the Dallas Mavericks organization!