Recently, it’s been a tough stretch for Razorback basketball.
After a blowout loss to Ole Miss, the Hogs have suffered a four-game losing streak — their first in the Mike Anderson era. Afterward, Anderson said his team’s confidence has been “shattered.”
Fortunately, the same cannot be said of one of the best Razorbacks of the Anderson era: Daryl Macon. On Saturday, Macon scored his first NBA points for the Dallas Mavericks:
Macon only played three minutes in this game, a blowout loss to Indiana. That steal and the basket were the only stats he totaled.
Still, the fact he’s in the NBA is amazing in and of itself. As I detail in the below story titled “Daryl Macon Dishes His Greatest Assist,” I can guarantee you nobody thought Macon was NBA bound as a 5’4″ shrimp of a freshman coming off the bench for Al Flanagan’s Parkview High squad.
But he proved everybody wrong.
First, at Parkview, then at the JUCO level, then with the Hogs and then at the G-League level, where in 26 games, Macon averaged 19.5 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.
When Mavericks point guard JJ Barea recently went down with an injury, and with Dennis Smith Jr. AWOL, Macon was called up. Macon now has the opportunity to practice against and soak up knowledge from Luka Doncic, the best teenage point guard/forward since LeBron James.
Congrats on breaking through, Daryl! Now, here’s to hoping you stick around for longer than a cup of coffee…