Mavericks pick at No. 9: Dennis Smith Jr., NC State guard

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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Dallas Mavericks selected NC Stateguard Dennis Smith Jr.with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night.

Ford's Big Board ranking -- No. 7:"One of the most explosive players in the draft, Smith is an elite athlete and finisher at the rim. He showed an improved jump shot in college."More (Insider)

Kevin Pelton's stats and scouting ranking -- No. 4: "Smith's production was remarkably similar to [Markelle] Fultz's, and his projected player win percentage as a rookie (the per-minute component of WARP, akin to PER) is actually slightly better." More (Insider)

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Super athletic point guard
  • Explosive leaper
  • Very quick with the ball

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • Needs to continue to improve his shooting
  • Coming off a torn ACL

Read the full scouting report (Insider)

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 4.5percent
  • Chances he'll be a starter: 24.2percent
  • Chances he'll be a role player: 25.0percent

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