Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith
20-Year-Old GuardG
Dallas Mavericks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Smith put together a very impressive rookie campaign. He started all 69 games he played in and was an immediate playmaker, both as a scorer and as a distributor. Smith's 15.2 points per game were second only to Harrison Barnes (18.9 PPG) on the team and he also added a respectable 5.2 assists. Rounding out his stat line was averages of 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.5 three-pointers, so Smith also helped out with some peripheral categories that Fantasy owners may struggle to get from other guards. The biggest downfall in his game was his efficiency as a scorer. Smith shot just 39.5 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from the three-point line and just 69.4 percent from the charity stripe, all of which are well below where he needs to be to take his Fantasy value to a new level. With another offseason to work on his shot and overall game, there's a decent chance the 20-year-old is able to show at least minor improvements there. The Mavericks did add some intriguing pieces this offseason, most notably being DeAndre Jordan's signing in free agency and the selection of Luka Doncic with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Doncic adds another seasoned scorer after he locked up EuroLeague MVP honors with Real Madrid last year and should be able to contribute immediately, while Jordan provides an athletic center that should get plenty of lobs from Smith when he drives to the basket. As a result, Smith's assist totals could rise with more talent surrounding him. His per-game points production likely won't budge much, but considering his age and designation as a building block of the future, Smith should have the ball in his hands plenty and will get as much run as possible. If Fantasy owners can overlook the poor percentages, Smith should carry utility across a plethora of formats. Read Past Outlooks
Will sit out the rest of Summer League
GDallas Mavericks
Rest
July 9, 2018
Smith will sit out the remainder of Summer League to avoid injury, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
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The Mavericks only wanted Smith to play in the first two Summer League games, so he will sit out the remainder to avoid suffering any injury. Dallas knows what they are getting in Smith and don't feel the need to risk one of their future building blocks in meaningless games. Smith was dealing with a knee injury to end the season, but him playing in the first two summer league contests indicates he is healthy and ready to go for the start of training camp.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
After just one year at North Carolina State where he averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals across 34.8 minutes, Smith opted to enter the 2017 NBA Draft as one of the top point guards in the nation. He ended up falling to the Mavericks with the ninth overall pick and is expected to bring a rare combination of size, speed, scoring and passing ability. The uber-athletic Smith is often considered a score-first point guard and he's especially dangerous around the rim, finishing through contact and throwing down thunderous dunks regularly. During the Orlando Summer League, Smith showed just why experts were so high on the 6-foot-3 guard, as he dominated with averages of 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals. While coach Rick Carlisle hasn't officially announced it, Smith should immediately enter the starting lineup at point guard for the Mavericks, sending Yogi Ferrell to a bench role. Smith's playmaking potential will be crucial in drawing defenders away from guys like Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and Dirk Nowitzki, something the team lacked a year prior. In addition, his ability to score both in the paint and outside the three-point line will be greatly welcomed to a Mavericks' team currently going through a mini rebuild. That should make Smith one of the most intriguing rookies to both watch and use in Fantasy leagues. The potential to slide in as the Mavericks' second best option offensively behind Harrison Barnes and an already solid all-around skill set in place, could make Smith one of the bigger surprises early on in the season, though guys like Ferrell and Seth Curry could eat up some of his minutes every once in awhile.
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Productive in Summer League loss
GDallas Mavericks
July 7, 2018
Smith tallied 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two steals across 26 minutes during the Mavericks' 92-85 loss to the Suns in a Las Vegas Summer League battle Friday.
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Will not play Tuesday
GDallas Mavericks
Knee
April 10, 2018
Smith (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's season finale against the Suns, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
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Listed as questionable for Tuesday
GDallas Mavericks
Knee
April 9, 2018
Smith is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Suns due to left knee soreness.
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Double-doubles in Sunday's loss
GDallas Mavericks
April 8, 2018
Smith finished with 20 points (9-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Sunday's 109-97 loss to the 76ers.
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Will play, start Sunday
GDallas Mavericks
April 8, 2018
Smith (knee) will play and start in Sunday's game against the 76ers, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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