After months of speculation on who the Mavericks would draft, the talk finally came to an end today after Dennis Smith Jr. was selected with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Though N.C State’s season was a major disappointment, Smith set himself apart from the other guards with his play.
In his single season at N.C State, Smith averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. Those notable numbers led to him getting numerous accolades such as the ACC Rookie of The Year award, The ACC-All Freshman team, along with Second-team All-ACC award.
Now a member of the Dallas Mavericks, he is projected to be a starter for the team. This pick adds some much-needed depth to the Dallas Mavericks.
- Natural athlete despite his injury history.
- Great shooter, especially for a guard.
- Can finish at the basket.
- Good defensive instincts.
- Smith doesn’t always give his best effort and easily loses interest especially when his team is losing. Like N.C State, the Mavericks just came off a losing season and are in the process of rebuilding, meaning next year they are likely going to have another losing season. Mavericks should expect Smith to lose interest easily.
- Smith lacks offensive IQ. In college, Smith would often take bad shots and was very turnover prone. In Smith’s defense though, he often had to force things because he was surrounded by players who were not as good as him. In the NBA he can expect a better supporting cast. However, this is still an area he needs to work on.
Based on his scouting report, Dennis Smith Jr. seems like he is going to be a big part of the Mavericks post-Dirk era. Maverick fans should be excited.