Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith
21-Year-Old GuardG
New York Knicks
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
$Signed a two-year, $7.04 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2017. Mavericks exercised $4.46 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Dunk Contest runner-up
GNew York Knicks
February 18, 2019
Smith finished second in Saturday night's Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.
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It was the second straight runner-up finish for Smith, who came up short against Donovan Mitchell in 2018 and Hamidou Diallo on Saturday. Smith tallied a first-round score of 95 to advance to the finals, where he put up a 35 on his first dunk and a 50 on his final effort of the night. In the end, it wasn't quite enough to eclipse Diallo, who amassed 88 points in the final round.
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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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Leads team to win
GNew York Knicks
February 14, 2019
Smith totaled 19 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-8 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and a steal across 32 minutes in the Knicks' win over the Hawks on Thursday.
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Posts decent all-around showing
GNew York Knicks
February 11, 2019
Smith scored 10 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and collected two rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals over 31 minutes Monday against Cleveland.
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Rough night at office
GNew York Knicks
February 10, 2019
Smith put up 13 points (4-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes Saturday in the Knicks' 104-99 loss to the Raptors.
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Scores career-high 31 points
GNew York Knicks
February 8, 2019
Smith erupted for 31 points (9-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 11-19 FT), two rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 35 minutes Friday against Detroit.
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Leads team with 25 in loss
GNew York Knicks
February 5, 2019
Smith posted 25 points (11-25 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes Tuesday against Detroit.
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