After playing the waiting game for their turn to select with the No. 9 overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks had their patience rewarded Thursday night with the rights to North Carolina State freshman standout Dennis Smith Jr. He said the team was so impressed with Smith that they tried to move up in the draft to get him. A bit undersized, the former Wolfpack will likely immediately step into the starting lineup in the fall and be an upgrade an anemic Mavs' offense. The 6-foot-5 White averaged 18.3 points in his lone season with the Buffaloes. "If we were to draft higher, he is who we had circled".
"Dennis has gears like we haven't seen in a point guard (since I've been head coach) here", he said.
But Smith has his sights set on success in Dallas, not shying away from the hype and telling reporters Friday that the Rookie of the Year Award is "attainable." Why?
Gottfried, who attended the National Basketball Association draft, tweeted a picture of him and Smith hugging after his name was called, with the caption: "So happy for @Dennis4Smith and his family @NBADraft". "Not too many [individual] accolades, I just want to come in and be the best teammate I can be be, the best player I can be and I think everything else will take care of itself".More news: Final farewell for U.S. student detained by North Korea
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Smith is the second player to have thrown shade at LeBron within 24 hours of being drafted.
In addition to being the new future of the Dallas Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr. may also be Bionic Man. The Mavericks have been lacking a solid point guard for many years now, and they may have finally found one that they could build around. When asked about if the high school ACL injury affects Smith Jr. now, Nelson had a clever remark in response.
"We're excited. ... We know we got a kid here that's very motivated and has tremendous ability". With those comparisons, it's easy to heap all-star potential on the 19-year-old, which is something he doesn't seem to mind.
As far as his role coming into Dallas, Carlisle surprised me some by saying he should be the starter on day one. "I've been underrated my whole life".