Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. talks Luka Doncic, the trade, and more

Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr. Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr. Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks former point guard Dennis Smith Jr. discusses his relationship with Luka Doncic, the trade, and more in an interview with See Hendo.

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in 2017. He was the team’s building block as it prepared for post-Dirk Nowitzki era in Dallas. Smith Jr. showed potential during his rookie season, but the Mavericks struggled to win games.

Dallas traded up to draft Luka Doncic in the summer of 2018. They got an elite 6’8 ball-handler. Fans started questioning the fit between the Mavs two building blocks early last season. Both players needed the ball in their hands to reach their potential. The front office decided to trade Dennis Smith Jr. to the Knicks in a blockbuster that brought Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas.

Smith Jr. did an interview with See Hendo on Sept. 17. He discusses a plethora of topics including Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, and more. Fans can watch the full conversation here.

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On Luka

DSJ sets the record straight on his relationship with Doncic. He says they remain close friends. The beefing between them was not a real thing.

He chalked the trade up to being a business decision. The 21-year-old sounded focused and excited about the upcoming season. He is ready to prove himself on the Knicks and reach his full potential.

On Dallas

Smith Jr. discusses at length his love for the city of Dallas. He had nothing but positive things to say about the city.

On Dirk

DSJ was asked about Nowitzki and his praise was effusive. He only experienced the final two seasons of Dirk’s 21-year career, but Smith Jr. noted the legend’s work ethic, leadership, and the example he set for him. Nowitzki will certainly be missed this season.

Dennis Smith Jr. discusses a plethora of other topics in the interview including gaming, J. Cole, and more. It is worth a listen for any Dallas Mavericks supporter.

Smith Jr. returns to Dallas for his first game against the Mavericks on Nov. 8. That will be an entertaining affair, and one the point guard likely has circled on his calendar. The Mavs travel to New York for Porzingis’ return on Nov. 14. Those are the only two meetings between Dallas and the Knicks this season.

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Dallas Mavericks fans do not have to wait much longer. Training camp begins on Oct. 1. This season should be a fun ride. The Smoking Cuban will bring it all to the supporters, so coming back to the site frequently is necessary.