The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Chris Silva to a 10-day deal.
Silva (6-8, 234) joins Dallas after starting the year with the G League’s College Park Skyhawks, where he averaged 14.2 points (0.586 FG%, 0.781 FT%), 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 blocks and 22.4 minutes scored in 11 regular season games (10 starts) with the club.
Silva went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft and began his 2019-20 career on a two-way contract with the Miami Heat. Silva appeared in 69 NBA games with Miami, Sacramento and Minnesota from 2019-20 to 2021-22, averaging 2.8 points (0.606 FG%) and 2.7 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game.
A native of Libreville, Gabon, he was a four-season player in South Carolina, where he increased his point average across all four seasons from 5.4 ppg as a freshman in 2015-16 to 15.2 ppg as a senior in 2018-19. He started in all 37 games for the Gamecocks’ Final Four team in 2017 and was selected as a member of the First Team All-SEC team in 2018. He was also named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year that same year.
While in South Carolina, Silva shared the floor with current Mavericks Two-Way player AJ Lawson during the 2018-19 season when Silva was a senior and Lawson was a freshman for the Gamecocks. The duo also shared the floor with College Park in the G League earlier this season.
Silva is only the second Gabon player to play in the NBA, following Stephane Lasme, who appeared in 16 career NBA games for Miami and Golden State. Silva’s father was a 6-11 center on the Gabonese national team and his mother was a track and field athlete. Silva attended Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, where he helped the Lions to a state championship as a senior.
Silva will wear the No. 30 for the Mavericks.
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