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Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith
Position: G
Born: 11/25/97
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $3,218,280
Still, according to Mavs rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., he and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki figure to form a bond during the upcoming season while hoping to lead the team back to the playoffs. “I believe that when two great minds, and I’m not a great mind yet, but I’m looking forward to being that and learning from him. Learning from Dirk, I believe that when two great minds get together success happens,” Smith candidly said.
This season’s rookie class arrives with more fanfare. But interestingly, with the big names in the first few picks, the class thinks highest of the guy selected at No. 9. Dennis Smith Jr. made quite an impression in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in six games. For one fellow top-10 pick, Smith’s potential is about “how explosive he is and how capable he is at getting to the rim, and him developing his shot. I think a lot of people are underestimating how good he is right now and how good he’s going to be in the NBA.”
“This is a fact: There’s no player that comes into this that can be totally prepared to play defense in the NBA with the pace, the strength difference, the speed difference and all those kinds of things. But I think Dennis understands that staying on the court to do that means you’ve got to be strong in both areas,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith’s defensive abilities earlier this summer. “It’s important to attack the guy that’s going to be attacking you at the other end, but you’ve got to be able to guard him, too. And you’ve got to have a system in place where your teammates can help you do that, so that’s going to be one of the biggest parts of his learning curve. You know, I expect the offensive stuff to happen pretty naturally just based on what I’ve seen on film, but NBA defense is a different metabolic situation. There’s a lot to learn, and he understands that.