Law Nation Film Study: Dennis Smith Jr.

Captivated by the immense athletic potential of Dennis Smith Jr., Law Nation breaks down NBA film for the Mavs top pick.

Strengths
Smith is likely the most explosive athlete in the 2017 NBA Draft. He has an elite first step to pair with terrific vertical explosiveness. That, along with his advanced ball-handling ability and terrific footwork in the pick-and-roll, allows him to get separation from opponents with ease. He knows how to use screens, can use that first step to blow by mismatches in isolation and can get out into transition. In all of these cases, Smith can finish above the rim, where his 60.7 field goal percentage in half-court settings around the basket is extremely high for a guard. He’s a confident shooter who can hit shots off the catch.
Smith is also a creative passer, a player who excels at a higher level creating looks for teammates within the flow of the offense rather than out on the break. He can hit teammates with wrap-around passes underneath the basket, kick-out passes on drives or quick looks to open players from a standstill. His 34.2 percent assist rate was top 30 in college basketball, despite his teammates shooting just 33.8 percent from 3-point range in ACC play, which would have been last in the conference.
In terms of the rest of his floor game, it’s worth noting that Smith is a good rebounder, and a pesky defender when he wants to be. He’s good at getting into passing lanes and using his quickness despite length that would be slightly below average for a point guard.

Weaknesses
Size and durability is the primary concern here. At 6-3, 195 pounds, Smith isn’t the biggest guy in the world, and he won’t post elite length measurements to make up for it. He also tended to avoid contact this season, although it’s difficult to judge whether that was a reaction to the injury and a decision out of self-preservation (which, well, I can’t blame him). He’ll need to be willing to use his athleticism to embrace contact in the NBA, where he should be a magnet for fouls after he gets past his initial defender.

Overall Thoughts/Best Fits
Athleticism and the ability to create separation consistently from defenders is the most valuable skill a point guard can have in the modern NBA. Throw in the fact that Smith can also pass it as well as score at all three levels, and it’s hard not to like the upside. He isn’t quite as safe a pick as De’Aaron Fox due to some of the makeup questions, but if he hits, he’s going to be an All-Star because of the ability to get space for himself.

D&B Radio Talk Dak Prescott Autograph Machine Controversy, Who won NBA Offseason, and Whether the Rangers Should Trade Yu Darvish

Back again after a short hiatus, Darreck and Brennan browse the sports landscape for news, as well as a friendly debate/gentlemen’s’ bet. This should be fun!

 

Podcast Shanks feat. Law Nation: Cowboys on the Bubble and NBA Free Agency

Darreck Kirby is joined by Lawrence “Law Nation” Thomas for this week’s podcast, talking Cowboys on the bubble entering training camp, what to do with Damien Wilson, and more. Also, Darreck talks NBA Free Agency and how the Western Conference shake up further shifts the balance of power in the NBA. Plus, Dirk the selfless. Check it out!

 

Sports Enyi Time: Talking NBA Draft, Free Agency & Blockbuster Trades

Back again after a short break, Sports Enyi Time is here to talk NBA Draft, free agency, and to discuss a few blockbuster trades that have already gone down. Check it out!

[Read more…]

Yogi Ferrell Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

By Lindsey Jones

Dallas Mavericks point guard Yogi Ferrell was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team last week and is the first Mavs rookie to be awarded that honor since Marquis Daniels and Josh Howard both made it in the 2003-2004 season.

[Read more…]

Getting to Know Dennis Smith Jr.

By Lindsey Jones

The Dallas Mavericks drafted North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. in the first round of this year’s draft with the number 9 overall pick. It is worth to point out that Smith was the 4th overall point guard taken in the draft behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, DeAaron Fox, and Frank Ntilikina.

[Read more…]

BREAKING: Paul George Traded to Thunder

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

In a stunning move just hours before the opening of NBA free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder made waves in acquiring the 27-year-old superstar. As with any trade, there are at least two outlooks moving forward. So let’s break down this blockbuster piece by piece, shall we?

[Read more…]

D&B Radio Talk Stanley Cup, NBA Finals

After a short hiatus, D&B are back to discuss the recently completed NHL and NBA Playoffs. Click here to give it a listen!

Sports Enyi Time – Mavs 2017 Draft Wish List

Project Shanks welcomes to the family the returning sports podcast, Sports Enyi Time with host Enyi Nduka. Joining Enyi this week is Darreck Kirby of Podcast Shanks as the two discuss the 2017 NBA Draft and the potential Mavs pick at 9. Join Enyi each week for the best in DFW sports.

2017-NBA-DRAFT

Podcast Shanks – Mavs and Thunder Free Agency

NBA free agency is always one of the more excitement and in many cases, tense times of year. Contenders can be reduced to bottom feeders with the devastating loss of a superstar while other teams who may be on the bubble could surge ahead thanks to a key acquisition. Or, you could just be the damn Warriors and Spurs and sign everybody…

For teams who don’t have that luxury, however, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala of Podcast Shanks take a look at the prospects for the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder and discuss how they can try to get back in the thick of contention.

NBA-Free-Agency-2017

Podcast Shanks – Mavs Season In Memorium

It was a polarizing season for the Dallas Mavericks. From beginning the year with one of the worst starting lineups in the league to cultivating a surprisingly talented, young roster, the Mavs appear to have a bright future despite posting their first losing season in 16 seasons. In this episode of Podcast Shanks, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala take a look at the highs, the lows, and everything in between from this past Mavs season. [Read more…]

Harrison Barnes Leads Mavs Past Wizards

HarrisonBarnes
The road has not been a friendly place for Dallas this season, and the start of this road trip, a 100-78 thumping in Toronot, proved just that. But if Dallas intends to compete for that final playoff spot, they’ll have to find a way to get it done away from the AAC as 7 of their final 12 games will be on the road. Wednesday night, they found a way to beat a good team in the road unis. [Read more…]