Sports Enyi Time: Cowboys Hall of Fame Game with Law Nation

During the second half of the Cowboys/Cardinals Hall of Fame game, Darreck and Enyi took some time to call up a friend of the show and engage in some quality Cowboys talk. Oh, and the Mavericks came up later on, too.

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.

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!

 

Project Shanks Partners with Law Nation

Project Shanks is proud to announce that it has entered into a collaborative partnership with Law Nation. Odds are, you’ve seen some of Lawrence’s work cross-posted to our website and YouTube channel in recent weeks. Moving forward, we will begin work on new collaborations and original content in order to grow our networks.
 
Law Nation is an in-depth film study expert and Cowboys die-hard who will provide video analysis and serve as an occasional “call-in” expert for Cowboys podcast segments. We look forward to a long, healthy working relationship.

Law Nation Film Study: Dak Prescott 2016 Senior Bowl


So many people doubted this guy and he is still proving them WRONG!!!

Law Nation: Behind the Scenes Film Study


Go behind the scenes with Law Nation as he takes you through his method of film study.

Law Nation Film Study: Lance “Mini Dez” Lenoir


Name: Lance Lenoir
College: Western Illinois Number: 7
Height: 6-0 Weight: 199
Position: WR & KR
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2017
40 Time Low: 4.56

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Law Nation Film Study: Damien Wilson


ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Productive, volume tackler over his two years as a Gopher ‘backer. Stays committed to the chase when ball spills wide. Shows a feel for blocks coming at him from an angle. Lines up the defense. Drops into zone coverage and spies the quarterback, mirroring the quarterback’s eyes and cutting off the passing lane.

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Law Nation Film Study: Kavon Frazier


OVERVIEW
Frazier garnered second-team All-MAC recognition in his senior season (led team with 108 tackles, 4.5 for loss), but the largest honor he received was being able to wear the No. 21 jersey of his former friend and teammate, Derrick Nash. Nash passed away from leukemia in June 2015, and coaches decided to rotate the 21 jersey throughout the season as a way of honoring his memory. Frazier got to wear the jersey twice, including in the team’s bowl game. Before 2015, Frazier played as a reserve in 2012 (36 tackles, one interception, three pass breakups), earned more playing time as a sophomore (67 tackles, three interceptions, five pass breakups), and went back to a partial starter in 2014 (58 stops, four pass break-ups).

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Law Nation Film Study: Chidobe Awuzie


OVERVIEW
Pro corner Nnamdi Asomugha is a family friend of Awuzie (ah-wooz-yeh), but his style of play would make you think he’s a relation. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, starting seven games, making 59 tackles, five for loss, and breaking up four passes. Awuzie was leading the team in tackles with 64 through nine games in 2014 (along with two interceptions, eight pass breakups), but missed the end of the year with a lacerated kidney suffered in practice. Healthy again in 2015, he was a second-team All-Pac 12 pick starting mostly at the nickel spot (90 tackles, nine for loss, four sacks, two INT, 10 pass breakups). Awuzie was second-team all-conference again as a senior (65 tackles, six for loss, one INT, 12 PBU), joining two other members of the Buffaloes’ secondary on that squad.

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Law Nation: Projecting the Cowboys 53-Man Roster

By Law Nation
PSDC Partner and Film Study Expert

Keep in mind this is not the final Roster, just my observation from the OTAs and news that I have picked up from around the Cowboys. Training Camp and Preseason have not even started yet, there are plenty of chances for rookies, trades, and lord please forbid injuries to happen. This team collectively looks solid and there will be plenty of battles during this offseason for major roles on this roster.

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Law Nation Film Study: Jourdan Lewis


OVERVIEW
Lewis’ senior season didn’t start off the way he would have preferred, as he missed the first three games of the year due to injury. His play over the ten games in which he played, however, earned him first-team All-American notice from multiple outlets. Lewis was also a Jim Thorpe Award finalist and the Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year (25 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions, nine pass breakups). He was a 13-game starter as a junior, making 52 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions, and 20 breakups, which ranked third in the FBS. Lewis averaged 25.2 yards on kick returns in 2015, as well. He earned a starting corner job three games into his sophomore year (39 tackles, 1.5 TFL, two INT, six PBU), and contributed as a true freshman in 2012 (17 tackles, two PBU).

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