The Dallas Mavericks were an inconsistent team regarding their starting point guard and the plethora of players that suited up in the starting lineup. Last season the Mavericks had a total of five players start at point guard, in JJ Barea, Pierre Jackson, Yogi Ferrell, Deron Williams, and Seth Curry.
Deron Williams was the starter for all of his 40 games with the Mavericks before being released and joining the Cleveland Cavaliers. After Williams was gone it was up in the air of who will start for the Mavs. An undrafted free agent out of Indiana, Yogi Ferrell, started in 29 games at the point during a very impressive rookie season. Barea and Jackson combined for a total of 7 games starting, and shooting guard Seth Curry started in 6 games at the point.
Dirk Nowitzki on why the current NBA is different. 💯 pic.twitter.com/55A0bOEmUC
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) September 15, 2017
“With the 9th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks select Dennis Smith Jr. from North Carolina State University,” that was music to Mavericks fans’ ears when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the teams first pick in June.
He got praise and expectations immediately put on him and the question is, can he live up to it? If you ask anybody in the NBA community, they’ll say yes. He has the skill, athleticism and IQ to be given the keys to a franchise. He had a very impressive one year at NC State, averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds as a freshman.
Dennis Smith Jr😳😳
— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) September 18, 2017
The Dirk Nowitzki era in Dallas is coming to an end and the 39-year-old is expected to retire at the end of the season. Smith Jr. will have the keys to the franchise and the team is really going to depend on him to help them get back to the top and win another championship.
Dirk Nowitzki sees Dennis Smith Jr. as a potential “cornerstone for the franchise.” pic.twitter.com/G3MQHKZ33l
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 18, 2017