Already one of the more explosive players in the league, Dennis Smith Jr. is unsure if he would do the dunk contest if asked this year.
Fans at N.C. State last season might not have had a ton of wins or a tourney birth to be excited about, but they did have Dennis Smith Jr. to watch.
After tearing his ACL in high school, Smith Jr. came into N.C. State and put it all behind him as he pulled off dunks that not many point guards in college basketball, even the NBA, could even pull off.
He then finished his freshman season at N.C. State and began his pre-draft workouts where he worked out with multiple teams drafting in the top ten.
It was in these workouts that he was recorded with a 48 inch vertical….48 INCHES.
On draft night, Smith Jr. fell to number nine where the Dallas Mavericks selected the super athletic Smith Jr. to be their next point guard of the future. Ever since then, videos have come out of private workouts and clips of him dunking have hit social media.
The hype around Dennis Smith Jr.’s leaping ability is real and it isn’t going away anytime soon.
On Media Day for the Mavs, Harrison Barnes joked about Smith Jr.’s leaping ability and that Nerlens Noel already experienced the rook’s ability to dunk on people.
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Dirk Nowitzki would go on to say that he has “rarely seen an athlete like this at the point guard spot.”
So, for the first time in franchise history of having a superb athlete at point guard, could the Mavericks see their new, prized possession at the Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend?
I asked Smith Jr. on Thursday if he would accept the invite if the league invited him to participate in the dunk contest.
“It depends on what is going on around then man. It depends on what is going on. I’m trying to make the playoffs, but we will see about that,” Smith Jr. said.
What a classy, veteran answer by the 19-year-old.
He isn’t focused on the awards or All-Star weekend, but rather leading his team to the playoffs.