Dallas Mavericks Outlook: Over/Under on ESPN Projections?
2. Dennis Smith Jr.
"FG% FT% 3PM REB AST STL BLK PTS 2016-2017 Statistics — — — — — — — — ESPN 2018 Projections .397 .715 0.9 3.0 3.7 1.1 0.2 9.1"
Let’s play a guessing game. How many points is Dennis Smith Jr. going to average? Yeah, you know, the Rookie of the Year favorite with a 48-inch vertical.
Well, according to the “worldwide leader in sports”, Junior is about to average…9.1 points on 39.7% shooting.
That. Is. Ridiculous.
Those are worse stats than Malcolm Brogdon had in his rookie season! With all due respect to Brogdon, who has proven to be a serviceable NBA player, Dennis Smith’s skillset and physical talents are on a completely different stratosphere.
There is no such thing as a surefire rookie, but Dennis Smith has all the makings of a dynamic scorer and playmaker. Although it may take some time for him to reach superstar status, it would be a colossal disappointment (and surprise) should Smith Jr. fail to reach double figures in his rookie year.
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