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Cleveland Cavaliers ahead LeBron James informed reporters Saturday that the Dallas Mavericks must be thrilled they had been in a position to land Dennis Smith Jr. within the 2017 NBA draft.
“The [New York] Knicks pbaded on a really good one,” James stated after the Cavaliers’ 111-104 win at American Airlines Center, per the Dallas Morning News‘ Brad Townsend. “Dallas received the diamond within the tough. He must be a Knick. That’s going to make some headlines, however he must be a Knick. …
“He’s an unbelievable expertise. Athleticism. He’s very poised to be his age. Can shoot the ball, can penetrate. He’s solely going to get higher and higher with the alternatives that he is given right here to play. Dallas received a very good one.”
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James is not kidding.
Although Smith is barely 11 video games into his profession, he is seemed the a part of a franchise level guard—particularly for the reason that begin of the month.
In 5 November appearances, Smith is averaging 19.zero factors, four.four badists, four.6 rebounds and 1.zero steals.
He helped bolster these totals with 21 factors, seven dimes, 5 boards, two blocks and a pair of steals whereas taking pictures Eight-of-16 from the sphere towards the Cavaliers.
The Knicks, in the meantime, opted for French flooring common Frank Ntilikina over Smith at No. Eight total.
Through 10 video games, Ntilikina is averaging four.four factors, 5.zero badists and 1.6 steals per sport whereas taking pictures 34.zero % from the sphere. That stated, Ntilikina at the moment leads his squad in web score, with the Knicks outscoring opponents by 6.2 factors per 100 possessions when he is been on the ground.
Conversely, the Mavericks have been outscored by 12.1 factors per 100 possessions with Smith on the ground to this point.
Stats courtesy of NBA.com.