Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith
22-Year-Old GuardG
New York Knicks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith enters 2019 atop the Knicks' depth chart at point guard after being selected in the lottery by Dallas in 2017. Once considered a cornerstone piece of the rebuilding Mavericks, Smith was shipped to New York as part of the massive Kristaps Porzingis deal shortly before the February trade deadline. He played 32 games for Dallas and 21 for New York, missing a total of 29 games due to back issues and illness. After a strong rookie campaign in which he averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 threes and 1.0 steals per game, Smith took a step back in most categories as a sophomore, averaging 13.6 points, 4.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 threes. It wasn't all bad last season, however, as Smith made small strides in his efficiency. Though shooting still remains an area of improvement, Smith's shooting averages in 2018-19 while with Dallas (44 FG%, 34.4 3P%) were much improved. Smith had a tumultuous finish to the season, marred by illness and trade rumors in January and a recurring back issue after arriving in New York. While learning to fit in with his new team, he experienced an end-of-season slump that ultimately brought his season averages down in shooting and rebounding. With a full offseason to get healthy and practice with the overhauled Knicks roster, a big bounce-back performance could be in store. The Knicks have added some quality players in RJ Barrett and Julius Randle to play alongside Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson, and Smith will be orchestrating the entire offense. 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. Traded to the Knicks in January of 2019. Knicks exercised $5.69 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Dennis Cliff Smith Jr. was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1997. Smith's family lives and breathes basketball. His sister De'Aira played at Fayetteville State University. Smith's father, Dennis Smith Sr. coached his son's teams from the elementary level to the national AAU circuit. For high school, Smith spent four years at Trinity Christian School in in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and lead the team to a State Championship as a sophomore. As a junior, he averaged 22.2 points per game for Trinity Christian, taking the team to the 1A High School State Semifinal and capturing Gatorade State Player of the Year Honors. Smith, a lifelong Wolfpack fan, spent one year at North Carolina State University, where he started all 32 of the team's games, averaging 18.1 points per game, the highest by a freshman in NC State history. Smith is close friends with hip-hop artist J. Cole, who also grew up in Fayetteville. You can follow Dennis Smith Jr. on Twitter @Dennis1SmithJr and on Instagram @Desmith4.

College/International Summary

The one year (2016-17) that Dennis Smith spent at North Carolina State had plenty of highlights. The 6-foot-3 guard supplied a pair of triple-doubles and averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. In the final game of the non-conference slate against Rider, Smith posted 19 points and 16 assists. He helped the Wolfpack beat Virginia Tech with his first triple-double: 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists along with five steals. His second such performance came in a loss against Syracuse: 13 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists. Smith followed that game with 31 points against Miami, which was one short of his season high set earlier in a win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The freshman was only held to single-digit scoring in three games. Smith was named ACC Rookie of the Year and to the All-ACC Second Team. After the season, Smith committed to the 2017 draft, forgoing his final three seasons of eligibility.

Not part of rotation
GNew York Knicks
March 10, 2020
Smith (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Tuesday's 122-115 loss to the Wizards.
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Smith was available after being cleared to return from a five-game absence with a concussion. Still, he didn't see the court at all, even on a night when Elfrid Payton wasn't a factor. Frank Ntilikina filling it up may have played a part in Smith remaining on the bench, but regardless the team hasn't really been prioritizing Smith's development, so he can be left on waiver wires in most leagues.
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2019

Smith made 34 appearances out of 66 possible games for the Knicks during the conronavirus-shortened 2019-20 season. The young guard averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 made three-pointers in 15.8 minutes per game. He shot 34.1 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from three and 50.9 percent from the free-throw line. Smith missed 13 games in late December and January due to a strained oblique. On Feb. 24, Smith set a new career-high with seven steals against the Rockets. He also finished the game with 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. The seven rebounds were also a season high and this game marked one of Smith's three starts. Smith's other single-game season highs were set at 17 points, eight assists, two threes and two blocks. Smith scored in double-digit six times, grabbed at least five rebounds six times and dished out at least five assists 10 times. He also got at least one steal in 14 games. In the nine games that Smith saw at least 20 minutes, he averaged 10.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

2018

The 2018-19 season marked Smith's second in the Association. The guard split his season between the Mavericks and the Knicks. First, he appeared in 32 games with Dallas (all starts), averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 28 minutes. On Oct. 28, Smith got hot and scored 27 points in a loss to Utah. A wrist injury forced Smith to miss a game on Nov. 26. The injury would linger, eventually forcing Smith to miss 10 of 11 games starting on Dec. 5. Then in mid-January, back issues would force Smith to miss six games. On Jan. 30, Smith had a triple-double and set career high in assists (15) during a 24-point win over the Knicks. One day later, Smith was involved in a six-player trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas and Smith to those same New York Knicks. Smith proceeded to appear in 21 games (18 starts) with New York. With the Knicks, he averaged 14.7 points, 5.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28.6 minutes per game. As a whole, he shot 42.8 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three and 63.5 percent from the free-throw line. On Feb. 8, in a loss to the Pistons, Smith scored a career-high 31 points. In the 21 games that Smith saw at least 30 minutes, he averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds while recording a total of 27 steals and nine blocks.

2017

Dennis Smith was selected ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2017 NBA Draft. The rookie immediately saw extended playing time, averaging 29.7 minutes per contest over 69 games (all starts) with Dallas. Smith made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 18, delivering a double-double of 16 points and 10 dimes in a close loss to Atlanta. On Nov. 14, Smith generated a career-high 27 points while also recording six rebounds and two dimes in a loss to the Spurs. Smith would start 23 of Dallas' first 25 games before a hip injury cost him six games in mid-December. On Jan. 16, the rookie posted 25 points and five assists during a loss at Denver. On Feb. 11, Smith dished a career-high 11 assists to go along with 16 points during a loss at Houston. Smith would deliver 10 or more assists six times on the campaign and would reach the 11-dime mark twice after doing it in February. He had six double-doubles and scored in double figures on 57 occasions. Overall, Smith posted per-game averages of 15.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 made threes and 1.0 steals per contest. He was also named to the 2017-18 All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 5, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks
  • January 31, 2019
    Traded by the Dallas Mavericks with DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, a 2021 1st round draft pick and a 2023 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks for Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis. (Top-10 protected)
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Officially available
GNew York Knicks
March 10, 2020
Smith (concussion) will be available Tuesday against Washington, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
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Now probable vs. Wiz
GNew York Knicks
Concussion
March 10, 2020
Smith (concussion) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Washington.
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Questionable for Tuesday
GNew York Knicks
Concussion
March 9, 2020
Smith (concussion) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Washington.
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Ruled out Sunday
GNew York Knicks
Concussion
March 8, 2020
Smith (concussion) will not play Sunday against the Pistons, Ian Begley of SNY reports.
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Could return Sunday
GNew York Knicks
Concussion
March 7, 2020
Smith (concussion) practiced Saturday and is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Pistons, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
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