It’s safe to say Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr has been better than expected through 39 games of his first season. At 14.8 pts per game he sits 2nd behind Harrison Barnes (18.5) in total points per game for the Mavericks and 2nd overall in PPG for Rookie PG’s behind Ben Simmons.
As The 9th pick in the 2017 draft there was little doubt that DSJ would be an instant-impact player for whatever team was lucky enough to land him. Although the New York Knicks showed early interest in Dennis Smith Jr , the 20 year old was picked by Dallas, one spot after Frank Nitilikina.
Despite early struggles from the free-throw line Smith Jr has been lighting it up in the 4th quarter and knows he still has some room to grow.
“Its all about finding my role right now. We have so many proven guys in this league — Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk, J.J., Dev. Particularly in our starting five, we have proven high-level players, so I have to find my role and my voice with them.”
The high-flying rookie has proved he has much vertical upside and should be a top candidate in the 2017 Slam-Dunk Contest. This dunk against Washington should be enough evidence that the man has extraordinary athleticism, and abilities that the Slam-Dunk Contest certainly values.
Look for him to be a centerpiece in the Mavericks line-up for years to come.